For the first time since ousting former Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and the release of the JCPS audit, the Kentucky Board of Education will meet for a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday.
Set to begin at 8:30 a.m. in Frankfort, the meeting’s agenda makes nearly no mention of Jefferson County Public Schools. This will also be the first meeting since interim Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis recommended a state takeover for JCPS at the end of April.
Last week, JCPS decided to challenge the takeover recommendation, requesting a formal hearing to present its side to the BOE. The hearing, which can happen no sooner than the end of June, will be presided over a hearing officer from the attorney general’s office. The board will appoint the hearing officer Wednesday.
It is possible that the potential JCPS takeover will be brought up during the public comment section, slated to begin at 1 p.m. Only 10 people can speak during the section, per board policy, with each getting three minutes to address the board. Anyone interested in speaking has to sign up ahead of the meeting’s 8:30 a.m. start time.
Here are other things to look for in the board’s daylong meeting.
Lewis’ first report
Lewis will give his first board report since being placed in the commissioner role in April. There is no outline of his remarks on the agenda.
State management updates
Associate commissioners Kelly Foster and Robin Kinney will update the board on how the two districts under state management, Breathitt and Menifee, are doing. If the BOE approves Lewis’ JCPS recommendation, Foster is expected to meet with JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio weekly.
Update on graduation requirements
The Kentucky Department of Education has been working to revamp the minimum high school requirements to ensure graduation means a student is college or career ready. Lewis and two associate commissioners will update the board on the progress, with the board’s first reading of the new requirements planned for August.
Local private schools renewing certification
Seven Louisville private schools’ accreditations are recommended to be renewed. Several Kentucky schools, mainly religious schools, have been recommended for accreditation from the Kentucky Non-Public Schools Commission or other accrediting bodies. Louisville’s schools include:
- Evangel Christian School
- Highlands Latin School
- Nativity Academy at St. Boniface
- Pitt Academy
- Islamic School of Louisville
- Summit Academy
- Emma L. Minnis Junior Academy