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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Community Celebration for Long-time Superintendent

Friday May 11, 2007

Daeschner ‘Roast & Toast’ will benefit Every 1 Reads

Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that tickets are now on sale for a community-wide salute to long-timeDr. Stephen Daeschner - JCPS Superintendent Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Daeschner. Proceeds from the June 12 “Roast and Toast” will benefit Every 1 Reads. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Galt House Hotel in the Archibald Cochran Room.

“We felt it was only appropriate for this community to express its appreciation for the leadership and vision Steve has brought to the Jefferson County Public School System during his tenure as superintendent,” Abramson said.

Daeschner arrived in Louisville in 1993 to become superintendent of one of the largest urban school systems in America. During his 14 years of service, scholarship money awarded to graduating seniors tripled, the Broad Foundation named JCPS one of the top five urban school systems in the country, and GE awarded JCPS with a $25 million math/science grant. Daeschner also helped create the Every 1 Reads program, a community-wide initiative launched by JCPS, the city, and Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce to have all children reading at or above grade level by 2008.

“Steve’s enthusiastic support for the Every 1 Reads initiative contributed significantly to more members of our community making the direct connection between good schools, prepared graduates and economic development,” said Joe Reagan, president and CEO of GLI.

Over the last three years, the Every 1 Reads initiative has trained and placed 6,600 volunteer reading tutors and reduced the number of struggling readers from 18 percent in 2004 to 13 percent in 2007. $7.4 million has been raised toward a goal of $8 million.

“When we approached Steve about hosting an event in his honor, his only stipulation was that we make it a fundraiser for Every 1 Reads,” said Sam Corbett, chair of the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation. “Even though he’ll soon be leaving Louisville, he wanted to make sure the community reached its goal.”

The lunch-time event will be co-hosted by the city, Greater Louisville, Inc., Metro United Way, the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation, and the Louisville Urban League.

“This community owes Steve a tremendous thanks for his efforts in helping create a school system where every child can receive a quality education regardless of his or her social or economic background,” said Ben Richmond, president of the Louisville Urban League.

Joe Tolan, president of Metro United Way added, “Steve has always championed the importance of early childhood education and development, and the many partnerships he’s helped forge in this community have made a real difference for the better in the lives of young people and families.”

People interested in attending the event should RSVP by Friday, June 1, by contacting Shirley Moore with GLI at (502) 625-0072 or Since proceeds will benefit Every 1 Reads, the five co-hosts are encouraging local businesses and organizations to purchase sponsor tables of eight for $1,000. Individual tickets, while they last, may be purchased for $25.