New schools, flagship renovations approved as part of Superintendent Pollio’s vision for JCPS

Board of Education approves District Facilities Transformation Initiative  

New schools and significant renovations in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) are all part of a district plan approved March 12 by the Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE). The District Facilities Transformation Initiative reflects the priorities outlined in Dr. Marty Pollio’s Five-Point Plan for Moving JCPS Forward, which he announced immediately after being named the district’s permanent superintendent in May, as well as Vision 2020 In Action, a detailed framework of the district’s path to success over the next two years.

“I’m committed as superintendent to implementing a facilities plan that addresses critical needs within our district and provides strengthened support to students and schools,” Superintendent Pollio said. “From building new schools to rethinking how we deliver services to our students, these are innovative, needed changes in our district that will invest in all parts of Jefferson County, continue to move JCPS forward and allow us to support students and ensure they thrive.” 

Dr. Pollio and board members discuss facilities plan at the VanHoose Education Center

A summary of the plan is below.

Building new schools in JCPS—Under the plan, three new elementary schools will be built in south and west Louisville as well as in the Newburg community. The construction of these schools will replace deteriorating, end-of-life buildings with state-of-the-art learning centers in the following locations: Roosevelt-Perry and Wheatley will combine in a new school building; Watson Lane and Wilkerson will combine in a new school building; and Gilmore Lane will temporarily combine with Indian Trail during the 2019-20 school year and move into a new school building projected to open for the 2020-21 school year. The proposal also relocates Liberty students to the current site of Gilmore Lane Elementary

Additionally, the plan includes the construction of a new base middle school in east Louisville to alleviate current capacity issues and allow for future growth.

Renovating the Academy @ Shawnee—The plan includes a full-scale, two-year renovation beginning in 2019 that transforms the historic flagship school into a model 21st-century learning environment and community anchor. The renovation will also reopen the third floor of the school, which has been closed for more than 25 years, and includes a major investment in pathway opportunities through the Academies of Louisville.

From establishing a centralized location for the Newcomer Academy to creating early childhood education centers, while working alongside the JCBE, Dr. Pollio has led a facilities plan that is already providing more support to students and schools. Previously served at four different locations, Newcomer Academy students moved into a centralized school building earlier this year. A new JCPS Early Childhood center was also created on Westport Road.

Moving forward, district leaders and the JCBE will continue the work necessary to fully reimagine alternative schools in JCPS and provide a permanent home to the W.E.B. DuBois Academy.

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