Hargens says she is ready to lead JCPS


by Renee Murphy


Posted on July 7, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 7 at 6:22 PM

(WHAS11) -- She’s never been a district superintendent before but Donna Hargens says she’s ready to lead your children in Jefferson County Public Schools.

“When I got the call and was offered the job I was thrilled.  It’s such a great opportunity to be called to be the next superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools.” said Hargens.

Hargens is in town until Monday night.  She officially starts the job in August.  Her number one goal is raising test scores at chronically low achieving schools.

“That is my number one priority to make sure that every student has an opportunity to have a wonderful education here in our system.  So that is my focus,” said Hargens. “Actually I see it simply.  I see it simple and complex.”

Hargens says it takes three things to turn schools around; making sure staff is on the same page, assessing kids learning and planning how to help students develop.

WHAS11’s Renee Murphy asked her if she thought the best principals and teachers should be in the lowest achieving schools and Hargens said teachers learning from one another have been successful.

 “Actually one of the things that’s been really successful here are professional learning teams because that would enable all teachers to learn from each other.”

She didn’t give a clear view of her stance on neighborhood schools.  “My concern right now is for a great 2011-2012 school year.  You don’t get a second chance for the first day.”

Hargens says she has not signed a contract yet with the district.  She says it’s being finalized.

The new superintendent will be in town until Monday for the school board meeting.  She officially starts in August.