New location will better serve JCPS families and students
By Toni Konz Tatman | JCPS Communications
A new satellite office that will better serve JCPS students and families in west Louisville is set to open on Jan. 4.
The new office, located inside the California Community Center at 1600 W. St. Catherine Street, will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
“Creating an office that would provide equitable access to district services and resources for our families in west Louisville was a top priority for me when I became acting superintendent,” said JCPS Acting Superintendent Marty Pollio during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the new office on Monday. “By taking our services directly to the community, as this new office will do, we can engage with families and promote family involvement in a much greater way.”
The community center is operated by the city of Louisville, which is allowing JCPS to use the space free of charge.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the city is honored to partner with the district on this effort.
“This is another example of JPCS bringing services directly to its customers—students and their parents—in the neighborhoods where they live,” Fischer said.
The California Community Center is located next door to Wheatley Elementary, and students from the school were at the satellite office Monday to help cut the ribbon.
Principal B.J. Bunton says many of his schools' families already benefit from services and programs that the community center provides. He said the addition of the JCPS satellite office will help reduce travel time and reduce other barriers that some families face.
"A lot of times, parents don't have the opportunity or the access to get to VanHoose [central office]," Bunton said. "This will be such a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved."
JCPS will provide services to families at the new office through a variety of departments:
- Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs—Staff will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays to connect parents with resources that strengthen educational access and student achievement, which will include out-of-school-time learning opportunities, volunteer recruitment, Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) groups, homeless education, and foster care services. The department will also facilitate meetings with families, community stakeholders, and organizations at the satellite office with the purpose of improving student learning.
- Exceptional Child Education (ECE)—Staff will be available on Thursdays to focus on the individual needs of students who are eligible for special education and related services according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The department will help with assessments that determine special education eligibility. ECE staff will schedule student Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) meetings at the satellite office to review progress and develop a new Individual Education Program (IEP). The ECE Service Delivery staff includes one placement specialist as well as a parent liaison assigned on a rotating schedule.
- Student Assignment—Staff will be at the satellite office each Thursday to assist families with applications for students who are entering kindergarten or who have a change of address. They will also help families who wish to submit a student transfer request or learn more about optional and magnet programs in the district.
- Student Relations—Staff will be available on Tuesdays to meet with students and families who are recommended for choice and alternative school placement. They will work with the case manager, school staff, parents and students to make appropriate decisions regarding student placement in choice and alternative behavior support schools.
- Title I—Parents will find information provided by the Title I Office on topics that include getting involved at their child’s school and how to find counseling, tutoring or other related services. Parents will also be able to learn more about the topics presented at the monthly Parent Advisory Council meetings. Title 1 will hold some parent meetings at the site.
School board member Diane Porter said, "Being able to build a bridge from school to home is integral when talking about the success of our students."
"I appreciate Dr. Pollio and all of the JCPS staff for making this investment of time and resources in west Louisville—our students and their families are worth it," Porter said.