Here are the stories you may have missed as you tried to wrap up business ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Ricky L. Jones

Pan-African Studies Chair Ricky L. Jones tweets he’s interested in UofL president job

The Louisville Cardinal broke the news that Pan-African Studies Chair Ricky L. Jones submitted his name as a candidate for the University of Louisville’s president position via Twitter ahead of a Dec. 1 deadline.

His tweet read:

The Cardinal noted that Jones has criticized the university and its administrators. In an interview with Insider last week, Jones voiced his displeasure about the UofL board of trustees’ decision to hold a closed search.

“Considering the challenges this institution has faced, any search that is not open is undemocratic and unhealthy for the school,” he said.

JCPS to open satellite office in West Louisville

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new JCPS satellite office | Courtesy of Mayor Greg Fischer

The California Community Center will house a satellite office for the Jefferson County Public Schools, starting on Jan. 4, JCPS announced on Monday.

The city-run center in West Louisville is located at 1600 W. St Catherine St. and will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., JCPS said.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, JCPS Acting Superintendent Marty Pollio said having such an office in West Louisville was a priority for him.

“By taking our services directly to the community, as this new office will do, we can engage with families and promote family involvement in a much greater way,” he said.

In a tweet, Mayor Greg Fischer said: “It’s critical that parents be involved in their children’s education. We need to make that as easy as possible. @JCPSKY West Louisville Satellite Office will give parents in this area access to information and resources close to home.”

Applications being accepted for vacant District 21 seat on Metro Council

Metro Councilman Dan Johnson

As Insider Louisville reported late Friday, District 21 Councilman Dan Johnson’s 25-year political career came to an end after a three-member panel ruled that he violated the settlement that halted his Nov. 1 removal trial for sexual harassment.

That means his seat is vacant, and according to state law, it must be filled within 30 days by a majority vote of Louisville Metro Council.

The Office of the Metro Council Clerk H. Stephen Ott issued a notice of vacancy on Monday, which stipulated that applicants must submit a resume via snail mail or email to the clerk no later than the close of business on Nov. 28.

“The person chosen by Metro Council to hold the District 21 Metro Council seat will serve until the end of 2018, pursuant to Section 152 of the Kentucky Constitution. The District 21 Metro Council seat will be on the election ballot on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018, for the registered voters of District 21 to elect a candidate. The prevailing candidate will serve a full, four-year term.”

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