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JCPS is proposing a major reorganization in its leadership ranks, eliminating 11 positions, adding 10 new ones, including a chief of staff and a chief of schools, and shuffling responsibilities of 12 executive administrators and assistant superintendents.
JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio has turned down an invitation to join SCALA, stating that he "cannot join a group that is actively advocating for state takeover of our district and removal of our board."
SCALA founder David Jones Sr. urged a Rotary Club crowd to call Gov. Matt Bevin and ask him to "fix" Jefferson County Public Schools -- adding that the state has the capability of fixing it and "it's going to take a takeover of the schools."
The public safety subcommittee of SCALA focused on addressing the rise in homicides includes three members of the Fischer administration and a former deputy police chief, though LMPD says that none of its current employees have been asked to participate with the group yet.
A coalition of public education advocates asking SCALA members to publicly break ties with the group says that some members have indicated privately that they will no longer participate in SCALA or will stay and insist that it become more inclusive.
SCALA members and their close family have contributed at least $44,000 to the re-election campaign of Mayor Greg Fischer since the group formed last July, which his campaign says "will never influence" his decisions.