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Thousands Expected to Attend JCPS Annual Middle and High School Showcase

Jefferson County Public Schools is hosting its annual middle and high school showcase Friday and Saturday."When they get here they can expect to see a principal, they can expect to see counselors, and even students. They can talk to them about the program that exists at their particular school," said Bernadette Hamilton who has overseen the district's showcases for the last 20 years. The showcase gives families a chance to visit with schools where they’re eligible to apply. Last year, said Hamilton, nearly 10,000 middle and high school students and parents visited the showcase to learn more about the district's options, including magnet programs and other optional programs that exist in the district.  JCPS is also moving the elementary school showcase up to Nov. 17 in an effort to prepare the district and families for student assignment changes taking effect next year.Under the changes students will have fewer schools to choose from--on average six, down from 14--but students will be bused shorter distances.The district has also moved to online registration for schools.   The two-day middle and high school showcase is being held at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Friday between 3 to 7 pm and Saturday between 10 am to 3 pm. The application period for middle and high schools begins next Monday and runs until Jan. 11