Louisville’s school board has evidently fallen upon hard times. In a press release yesterday, the Jefferson County Public Schools went begging again this year for community contributions to help purchase supplies for the upcoming school year. JCPS has set up a program with local Walgreens drugstores to accept donations, including pencils, crayons, folders, backpacks, and other items, from July 11th through August 11th.
All items collected at the drugstores will be distributed to our public schools, where Family Resource and Youth Services Centers will eventually distribute them to schoolchildren. The tight budget of JCPS evidently precludes the purchase of these supplies with taxpayer money.
In unrelated news, the school board announced yesterday that the new JCPS superintendent will make $276,000 per year plus benefits. The board unanimously approved a four-year contract Monday night for incoming Superintendent Donna Hargens, paying her more than the leaders of the nation's five largest school districts.
School board chairman Steve Imhoff told Courier-Journal reporter Antoinette Konz he felt the contract was fair and that Hargens is “worth every penny.” With anticipated benefits and other perks, Hargens stands to make nearly 340 grand per year.
By comparison, Kentucky’s Gov. Steve Beshear, makes $127,885 annually, and Louisville’s Mayor Greg Fischer earns $110,347. New York City’s public schools enroll over one million kids, and the head guy gets paid $213,000. The school boss in Chicago gets $250,000. Louisville has only about 100,000 children in public schools.
Hargens’ contract provides that the school board will also contribute up to $30,000 to a tax-deferred annuity plan, and reimbursement of up to $1,900 per month for eight months of transitional housing.
The new superintendent will also be provided with a car, computer, internet and cell phone, and she will be reimbursed for all “reasonable expenses” that she incurs while performing the duties of superintendent; presumably including pencils, crayons, folders, backpacks, and other items.
New JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens