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Candidates for JCPS Superintendent Visit Louisville This Week

The two finalists vying for the superintendent’s job at Jefferson County Public Schools will make separate visits to Louisville this week.Dr. Christine Johns-Haines will meet the public tomorrow evening at 6:00 at Male High School. She’s superintendent of Utica Community Schools in Michigan.Dr. Donna Hargens, chief academic officer of Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina, will take part in a public meeting Wednesday evening at 6:00at Male.Search committee member and 15th District PTA President Myrdin Thompson says parents, students and JCPS employees should attend the meetings to ask the candidates how they would handle the various challenges facing the district."Education doesn’t take a vacation. It’s imperative that as a community we step forward and attend the open public sessions that are available."Thompson further believes both candidates are equipped to deal with the various challenges facing the district, including student assignments.The Jefferson County school board is expected to make a hiring decision in about a week.Current Superintendent Sheldon Berman’s contract expires at the end of the month. It was not renewed by the board.

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