Low academic performance and bad reputation makes Jefferson County school work to make improvements

04/16/2013 03:23 PM

While Jefferson County Public Schools— Kentucky’s largest and one of its best-funded systems— has some of the best schools in the state, it also has some of the lowest-performing high schools.

Six schools in the Jefferson County school district have been designated as “priority” schools because year after year, their students’ scores and improvement lag behind the rest of the state and the benchmarks they need to hit.

Senior Reporter Don Weber visited a school that’s in one of the nicer areas of Jefferson County but has been hampered by years of a poor reputation and has seen many of its best students choose private schools or get accepted into magnet schools.

As Don reports, Waggener High School in St. Matthews has tried a combination of physical and attitude upgrades to turn it around.

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