WAVE 3 News Editorial - May 22, 2014: JCPS Audit - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

WAVE 3 News Editorial - May 22, 2014: JCPS Audit

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By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 News Vice President and General Manager

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Reallocating resources to skew more toward teachers and classroom instruction for students and less toward administrators will be a positive follow up to the audit the Jefferson County Public School systems asked for and just received.

JCPS will respond to the concerns highlighted in the audit in 60 days and we hope their action plans developed address that imbalance as a top priority.

Putting children as the focal point will lead to all positive changes.

JCPS has already started that process with the anticipation that this was an issue, increasing instructional costs and instructional staff support $43 million in the past three years, but less than half of all JCPS employees are teachers, an obvious imbalance.  

Managing a billion dollar budget certainly can use better oversight and plans already underway to hire a new Director of Internal Audit and Investigations is a good idea.

That person needs to find cost savings as that certainly must be a priority.

Sanitizing and disposing of technology equipment has already been an immediate fix but enhancing and better defining policies is key. So is maintaining a central database for all contracts.

The audit recommendations are certainly welcome to turn what it characterized as an inefficient bureaucracy" into a much more efficient one.     

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