UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
Kolb has represented District 2 since January 2017
LOUISVILLE, KY [Tuesday, August 4]—The Vice-Chair of the Jefferson County Board of Education has officially launched his bid for reelection. In 2016, Chris Kolb scored an upset victory over David Jones, Jr. to represent JCPS Board District Two, which includes Crescent Hill, the Highlands, Hikes Point, Mockingbird Valley, St. Matthew’s, St. Regis Park and parts of Buechel and J-town. Kolb is one of three of seven board members on the ballot this November.
During his first four-year term, Kolb played a key role in in hiring Dr. Marty Pollio as superintendent, in defeating Governor Matt Bevin’s attempt to take over JCPS and in shifting more resources to the classroom.
“I had ambitious goals for my first term and we’ve accomplished many of them,” Kolb said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but JCPS is on firm footing for the first time in many years.”
Kolb is a JCPS graduate and a JCPS parent. He attended the Brown School and Atherton High School and later earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
“Many of the most important influences in my life have been JCPS teachers,” Kolb said. “My teachers helped me discover my love of learning and they gave me the confidence, skills, support, and guidance to use this learning to improve our community.”
Kolb also teaches social sciences at Spalding University in Old Louisville, and he is past co-president of CLOUT, Louisville’s largest faith-based community organization.
“At Spalding, I mentor hundreds of JCPS graduates, many from very challenging environments, and I know what our schools need to be successful. As a community organizer with years of experience working in multi-racial movements, I have spent years listening to people’s hopes and concerns for their children and community and I help turn that input into concrete results.”
In the interest of public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no in-person campaign launch event.