JCPS school board votes to approve Frost plan

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 12:39 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Jefferson County Public School board members have voted to turn Frost Middle School into a 6th grade academy.

The change comes as Frost failed to improve student test scores.

The middle school will also become home to the Phoenix School of Discovery which is an alternative school.

7th and 8th grade students will move to a separate wing of Valley High School which will be called Valley Preparatory Academy.

Jefferson County Public School’s goal with the changes is to create a structure that supports student achievement.

In both cases, there will be optional extended school hours for students and teachers as well as a summer program to assess student needs before they enter 6th grade.

The board voted 6-1 to approve the measure with Chris Brady opposing it citing health concerns.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens defended the current decision saying the district has never been notified that the air quality is unsafe.

Several other board members did express some concern but wanted to move forward and have additional research done on the air quality.

The school changes are expected to take effect during the 2014-2015 school year.

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