ICYMI: State orders JCPS audit, new soup and salad restaurant, small pillow tussle

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! We totally understand if while obsessively thinking about your crush you missed these stories.

Kentucky Education Commissioner orders full-blown audit of JCPS management

WDRB’s Toni Konz reports that Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt has ordered a full audit of JCPS management and that auditors will begin their work in the next month. The audit may lead to a state takeover of JCPS and comes on the heels of Gov. Matt Bevin calling JCPS a “disaster in terms of the educational results.”

In an eight-page letter to JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens, Pruitt blasted management based on a review he ordered last year and detailed 32 “significant deficiencies” in JCPS management.

In an interview with Konz, Pruitt said that he didn’t want this to be seen as a “witch hunt.” He also said that management should be getting together an action plan to address the issues he has outlined. “If it were me, I certainly wouldn’t let the grass grow under my feet, I would go ahead and start trying to look through and address those issues,” he said.

Hargens countered: “Frankly, reading the majority of this audit feels like stepping back in time. It does not acknowledge the work this district has done and continues to do.”

Should the audit go south for JCPS, the county schools could end up in state management, meaning all duties previously handled by the local school board and superintendents are turned over to the chief state school officer or his designee.

Lexington’s Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen opening in Louisville

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen coming to Louisville

Lexington’s Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen, a restaurant featuring salads, soups and homemade lemonades with two Lexington locations (a third in the spring), is opening up a Louisville location and is currently hiring, according to its Facebook page.

Suburbanites will be able to get their salad fix again at Hurstbourne and Shelbyville, in the old Chop Shop Salad. The menu features “signature salads,” design-your-own salads, soups available in bread bowls and seasonal lemonades.

Co-owner Susannah Sizemore told IL that the fast-casual restaurant could be open within three weeks. Construction began this week. The owners are currently hiring managers and kitchen staff, and they expect to employ between 15 to 20 people.

She said that the chain was owned by a “group of Lexington family and friends.”

Prolific Kentucky chef Ouita Michel helped the owners develop the menu and has advised them ever since. The first location opened in 2014.

So, watch for the new restaurant to open the first or second week of March at 203 N. Hurstbourne.

Giant South Fourth Street pillow fight not so giant

The Louisville Downtown Partnership invited the city to “celebrate Valentine’s Day on historic South Fourth Street in a non-traditional way with the second annual ‘Fight for Love’ giant pillow fight.” Even though it was a sunny brisk afternoon today, the city didn’t feel like playing along.

When IL arrived, minutes before noon, there were more reporters than pillow holders. That number grew a smidge by fight time, but not by much.

Just as the tornado siren monthly test sounded the pillow holders, many of whom seemed to work at the South Fourth Street boutiques, milled into the middle of Fourth Street — the entire block was blocked off for the event. The countdown began and polite pillow fighting ensued, lasted around a minute and then wrapped up.

Welcome back, Broken Sidewalk

Broken Sidewalk’s editor Branden Klayko is recovering from a bone marrow transplant and radiation after receiving a leukemia diagnosis last year. He took some time off from the website, which comments on urban planning, but now he’s back at the computer and has just published a post on Louisville’s bike friendliness.

He says in his editor’s note: “The good news is it looks like the cancer is gone and I’m feeling a lot better. So with that, we hope to get Broken Sidewalk back on its feet. Thanks for so many of your kind thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time, your continued patience, and for caring about the future of the city. This project only works if there’s someone on the other end of the line.”

Welcome back, Branden. Glad to hear your good health news. The staff of the IL newsroom assures you we will be “on the other end of the line.”