LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Close to 400 Jefferson County Public School employees make more than $100,000 a year, but an audit requested by the superintendent and the school board will look at whether that's money well spent.
“They need to be kept in check of what they're spending and make sure that they're spending it correctly,” Penelope Collins, who approves of the audit, said.
Auditor Adam Edelen tells me the center of the investigation will be looking into whether the school district is top heavy.
JCPS says it reduced the number of its six figure salaries in reorganization in 2012. Now about 370 district employees earn more than $100,000 per year, more than half are principals and assistant principals.
“I've heard various figures and part of this investigation will be to get to the truth and to evaluate of the dollars that we invest as taxpayers in this very important school district, how much are driving classroom excellence and how much are being consumed by the administration?” Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen, (D), said.
Hargens said she is looking at the audits as a way to find more efficiency at JCPS.
“I really look at it from an organizational performance standpoint, is how can we make this really an efficient, well-run high performing organization?” JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens said.
All against the backdrop of JCPS's struggles, the Kentucky Education Commissioner says 18 of the commonwealth's 41 persistently low-achieving schools are in Jefferson County.
“If there's ever been any question, there's a great time for JCPS to say, yes we've done this now and it can validate moving forward what they're going to allocate their expenses to,” Thomas Bellingham, who thinks the audit is a good idea, said.