LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Parents in Shivley, PRP, Valley Station and the surrounding neighborhoods get to vote for a new school board member in less than two weeks.
Joe Hardesty is leaving his spot on the board in District Four and there are five names that will be on the ballot November Sixth. Three of those candidates made themselves available for interviews with WAVE 3 and they all say student achievement is the biggest issue facing Jefferson County Public Schools, but each has a different way they think the low test scores and low graduation rates can be fixed.
Chip White, Missy Smith and Chuck Haddaway all have kids currently attending JCPS.
Haddaway is the CEO of Kentucky Recreation Parks Society and is a member of School Based Decision Making Council. He is excited about the new test score standards and wants to use that as a starting point to improve grades. "Your children usually rise to the expectation you have. I think if we set that forward with them with the standards we've got an opportunity to really increase all of graduation rates and increase our student achievement."
Smith is a mother who works part time and said her volunteer work with the school made her want to start improving JCPS and the achievement gap. "I would like to see more magnets, more centralized magnets. Right now, the high schools are spread out and each district has their own little magnet. They've got communication. They've got health. Condense them make them more stronger."
White is a businessman, father and foster parent who saID he's dealt with a lot of the inner workings at Louisville's schools. He said absenteeism needs to be addressed and is looking forward to the new core curriculum. "I think it's going to be a more accurate assessment that we can capitalize on. We can say okay now we know exactly where we're at on a global competitive level and I think as we bring parents and businesses communities."
White said it's encouraging those parents and businesses to stay interested that will help with grades.
Chester Flake is another candidate. He did not return calls for an interview. The fifth candidate, Eric Bullock did not appear for his interview. Click on the names of the three candidates to hear their full interviews before heading to the polls November 6.
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