LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Jefferson County Public School district and the Jefferson County Teachers Association reached a deal Friday evening after lengthy contract negotiations.
"All obstacles to student achievement must be removed so I applaud the school system and the teachers' union for reaching agreement quickly and effectively. The real winners are the 100,000 students who are the future leaders of our city," Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement shortly after the announcement..
According to officials, the five-year labor agreement is supposed to build upon ongoing efforts to increase academic achievement while meeting the needs of students.
“Meeting student needs and providing the best possible education have been the primary goals for both parties throughout the negotiations.” JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens said.
Key provisions of the agreement include principals having the ability to assign teachers where students’ academic needs can be met and giving parents access to grades and attendance.
JCPS has also committed to use $5 million in fund balance to provide extra learning hours for students.
The agreement must be approved by the Board of Education and ratified by JCTA before finalization.