Board Hears Updates on JCPS Racial Equity Policy & Plan

Tuesday night's board meeting also included updates on the start of the 2021-2022 school year

August 18, 2021 - The Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) received an update on the district’s racial equity policy at its August 17th meeting. The board also heard revisions to the district’s racial equity plan to improve academic outcomes for students of color.

The revised plan includes new metrics to accelerate many of the objectives set out in the original plan for students of color. Among the new metrics - having 75 percent of students of color transition-ready and 70 percent deemed proficient or distinguished on the K-PREP in reading and math by 2024. The updated goals will help mitigate the damage of systemic racial inequities and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In other action, the board:

  • Heard an update on the start of the 2021-22 school year. The update included enrollment information, the full opening of the K-12 Pathfinder School of Innovation, and ongoing work to use the best guidance available from state and national experts to respond appropriately and effectively to the evolving challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Approved changes to organizational charts and job descriptions, including:
  • Approved a local Seal of Biliteracy in accordance with recently released KDE guidelines. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school district to recognize students who have attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages by high school graduation. Currently, 41 states and the District of Columbia offer a state Seal of Biliteracy program.
  • Approved boundary changes for Watson Lane Elementary School, which will close at the end of 2021-2022 school year. The current attendance area for Watson Lane Elementary School will be assigned to Dixie Elementary and Johnsontown Road Elementary. This shifts the Watson Lane area to Cluster 2 from Cluster 1. Current Watson Lane families will be given the choice of either Cluster 1 or Cluster 2 schools for reassignment and transportation will be provided. 
  • Received Set #6 of Board Policies as part of the District Policy Review Cycle.

Prior to the meeting the board held a work session to discuss the district's Strategic Plan. The plan will provide clear direction to teachers, administrators and other district staff, and shape the allocation of resources in future years.

In addition, the board elected Corrie Shull as vice-chairman.