District Looking at Creating Boarding Schools

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's biggest school district is looking at the possibility of opening public boarding schools in an effort to raise academic achievement among disadvantaged students.

The Courier-Journal reports the Jefferson County public school district plans to recruit university, non-profit and foundation partners to figure out whether it can create and fund two, 150-student residential middle schools — one for boys, one for girls.

The schools would target students from troubled neighborhoods who show academic promise but need more structure, mentoring and educational support.

A task force will research potential time frames, locations, liabilities, insurance and track records of similar schools.

But creating the public boarding school won't be an easy feat. It likely would take several years of study, development, partner-building and board and state approvals.

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