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Three JCPS High School Principals To Be Replaced

The principals of three Jefferson County public high schools will be replaced following a state leadership audit.State education assessors visited Iroquois, Southern and Waggener high schools after they were listed among the state’s lowest performing, based on test scores.JCPS Assistant Superintendent Joe Burks says all three principals will be reassigned within the district. He says before the audit, the district was not planning to replace the principals, and the action does not mean they failed in their duties."These particular principals have carried the ball, gained yardage, done great work, but happen to be at a time in education where if this is where they have taken it and the policies are such that they need to contribute another way in the district, then that’s what we do," he said. An undetermined number of teachers could be replaced at the schools, two of which will also have their school councils disbanded. The audit process is the result of a new state law under which the state intervenes at struggling schools.A similar shakeup is underway at Doss, Seneca and Fairdale high schools, which underwent audits in December.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.