LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A document released to the public from the audit about how the district reports when school staff has to physically restrain students had some questioning Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens during a Tuesday school board meeting.
In the report, an auditor says there are indications that there was a culture of not wanting to report all matters.
It says some assistant superintendents in the past have encouraged principals to take steps to reduce the number of restraints reported.
“It makes me question our leadership. It makes me question Dr. Hargens – your leadership. I am unclear and I am uncertain of it,” District 3 board member Stephanie Horne said. “I am really concerned. I am really glad this has come to light.”
Superintendent Hargens was quick to address the report.
Another school board member says it's time to do away with the code of silence.
“We have to encourage open reporting because that's the only way we are going to be able to address some of these issues,” board member Chris Brady said.
Dr. Hargens says she didn't know about this until now and gave a clear message to board members.
“Let me assure you. When something is known, we take steps to deal with it.”