State Auditor Edelen takes on JCPS

State Auditor Adam Edelen
State Auditor Adam Edelen
Dr. Donna Hargens
Dr. Donna Hargens

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky's state auditor will be conducting an audit Jefferson County Public Schools that he says will be the largest audit in the history of the state.

Adam Edelen said the intention is when the audit is finished and when they see how the management is divided, they'll ensure every student in the district graduates.

The audit will identify ways to improve management and spending in JCPS. The main vision is for this audit to see where resources can be put and make every dollar count to make it possible for every student to graduate.

"To make sure this organization is doing all it can to run as efficiently and as effectively to free those dollars to get into the classrooms where they can have the most impact," said Edelen.

"It's about improvement," said Dr. Donna Hargens, JCPS superintendent. "Are there structures we can put in place, or best practices we can put in place? We've done a lot; we spent a lot of time examining our budgets, looking at the impact on student achievement."

In the last audit Hargens said they found room to cut spending and possibilities for the future. This audit is to see how to manage it all together to make the end goal possible.

"When the curriculum management auditors came, they said this is the community that has the assets, that has the community the will to make it happen and we have lots of great things in place it's about aligning them."

The state auditor says this audit will begin nearly immediately and while they'd like to get it finished this year, they're not making any promises.

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