KDE Interim Commissioner visits JCPS

KDE Interim Commissioner visits JCPS
Dr. Wayne Lewis would not reveal which school he visited.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 2017 six-month management review of Jefferson County Public Schools found "critically ineffective or inefficient management" within the district.

Then, Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt called for an audit of the district and it's been in progress since then.

It continued Wednesday with a visit from Dr. Wayne Lewis. He said he visited a school Wednesday morning and talked with teachers and students but would not reveal which school he visited.

Dr. Lewis said he read the audit, but he wanted a firsthand look at the district before making any recommendations.

"I do have every expectation that I will make a decision and make that recommendation to the Kentucky Board of Education by the end of the month," Dr. Lewis said.

The recommendation could include a state takeover of JCPS. It's something the district and some parents appeared to be firmly against.

"I can tell you I'm always concerned about what parents have to say," Dr. Wayne said when asked about the concern some district parents have over a state takeover.

Dr. Lewis has more school visits planned for Thursday but his schedule will not be publicly released.

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