Amidst talk of a state takeover, JCPS supporters rally behind school leaders

Amidst talk of a state takeover, JCPS supporters rally behind school leaders
The JCPS board meeting was packed on Tuesday night.
Dr. Marty Pollio heard from many supporters at the meeting, but the threat of a state takeover is growing. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dr. Marty Pollio heard from many supporters at the meeting, but the threat of a state takeover is growing. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dr. Wayne Lewis will visit JCPS on Wednesday and Thursday. (Source: WAVE 3 News Archive)
Dr. Wayne Lewis will visit JCPS on Wednesday and Thursday. (Source: WAVE 3 News Archive)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Principals, parents and teachers packed the Jefferson County Public School Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.

With a visit coming from interim Kentucky Board of Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis this week, the state audit of JCPS has been a big topic of conversation. Fearing the results could lead to a state takeover, supporters spoke up for the school board and Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio.

"I speak tonight representing the voices of 150 principal leaders," Eisenhower Elementary Principal Julie Cummings said. "Dr. Pollio is the leader that we want to follow."

Dr. Pollio addressed the controversy and thanked the supporters.

"I always say that sometimes in difficult times it galvanizes the team together," he said.

The Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council for J. Graham Brown School will share a resolution opposing the state takeover at a public meeting Wednesday.

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"We're frankly scared of a state takeover," SBDM parent representative Ashley Chesman said. "It could be detrimental to our students who are enrolled in these schools. I've talked to a bunch of different teachers, a bunch of different parents in the district I think the consensus is that we have to let this board to their job."

All JCPS parents and teachers are invited to attend the meeting Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. at Brown School.

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