JCPS undergoes management audit on Tuesday

The state will audit the JCPS district on April 17.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Kentucky Department of Education is taking another look at Jefferson County Public Schools and conducting a management audit.

“I'm anxious about the intent, because I know we were also named as part of the leadership,” said JCPS Board Member Linda Duncan. 

This is the second audit in the past year of JCPS.  If the state doesn't feel there's been enough improvement, they could potentially take over the district.

“I don't want to see that happen,” she explained. “And I think that would be a very difficult project for them to do that.  We have a pretty large system to say, 'come in and take over.’”

The last audit by the Department of Education found 22 "significant deficiencies,” and 16 of them were related to restraints and seclusion of students. Duncan defended her leadership and decisions. 

“We've listened to data that was recommended to us, we've listened to recommendations and we've made the best judgments that we could based on recommendations that were made to us.”

The audit comes after Superintendent Doctor Donna Hargens announced she would be stepping down from her position at the end of the school year.

“We're hoping that we will have leadership that will step in and be able to take over and smoothly bring us on track,” Duncan said.

WHAS11 checked with a district spokesperson who said it's unclear at this time how many schools the state will review in the audit.

Restraints and seclusions of students may have sparked this audit, but Duncan said she feels the focus could turn to the achievement gap between students.

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