The Kentucky Department of Education at a June meeting. | Photo by Olivia Krauth

The JCPS hearing challenging a recommended state takeover will occur across 12 days in September, October and November, according to a document from the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Lawyers representing the Kentucky Department of Education and JCPS will present their cases to the Kentucky Board of Education on September 10, 12, 20, 21, 24; October 1, 25, 26, 29, 30; and November 1 and 2. All hearings will begin at 9 a.m. in Frankfort at the KDE and are open to the public.

After the hearing, the KBE will vote on whether to place JCPS under state management as recommended by interim Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis, or take another route like state assistance. According to the OAH document, their decision must be based only on the evidence and testimony presented during the hearing.

A KDE spokeswoman said the timing of the KBE vote is at the discretion of the board.

The KDE has the burden of proof and must show a “preponderance” of evidence that state management is necessary, the OAH document said.

KBE members are not allowed to discuss the matter with anyone, including JCPS and KDE employees, until a decision is made, the document said.

Elizabeth Heilman will oversee the hearing as the hearing officer, but will not have a say in the final vote.

Lewis announced his recommendation of a takeover on April 30, finding several issues that he said could only be fixed with state management. JCPS announced it would challenge the takeover via an administrative hearing a month later.