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Fayette schools Superintendent Manny Caulk, known as champion for students, dies suddenly at age 49

Fayette County Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk took temporary medical leave on Nov. 30 to “focus on his health.” He died suddenly Friday at age 49. No cause of death has been given, but in 2015 he had surgery on a tumor in his sinus cavity shortly after he took the helm of the state’s second-largest school system. He said then that he was cancer free. The chair of the board of education...

FCPS superintendent says he will make ‘full recovery’ after malignant tumor removed

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk underwent an 18-hour surgery last week to remove a malignant tumor from his sinus cavity.   “Before I moved to Lexington, I believed that the best team at the University of Kentucky played on the hardwood at Rupp Arena,” Caulk said in a press release. “I have nothing but the deepest respect for Coach Cal and the Wildcats, but I...

FCPS superintendent says he will make 'full recovery' after malignant tumor removed

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk underwent an 18-hour surgery last week to remove a malignant tumor from his sinus cavity.   “Before I moved to Lexington, I believed that the best team at the University of Kentucky played on the hardwood at Rupp Arena,” Caulk said in a press release. “I have nothing but the deepest respect for Coach Cal and the Wildcats, but I...

Addressing Fayette Co. schools’ challenges a ‘moral imperative,’ new superintendent says

  By John Gregory Special to KyForward   On the first day of classes last month, the new superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools rode a bus with students, read stories to them, and even explained how he’s the person who cancels school when it snows.   Unfortunately, that’s the easy part of the job.   Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk must also shepherd a district that contains...

Addressing Fayette Co. schools' challenges a 'moral imperative,' new superintendent says

  By John Gregory Special to KyForward   On the first day of classes last month, the new superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools rode a bus with students, read stories to them, and even explained how he’s the person who cancels school when it snows.   Unfortunately, that’s the easy part of the job.   Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk must also shepherd a district that contains...

Matthew Shepard’s story, as told by his parents, adds depth to anti-bullying refrain

‘We’re all Americans, all human beings, all deserving of human rights,’ said Judy Shepard, whose son was killed in 1998. The purple armbands, which promote the Matthew Shepard Foundation, feature the phrase “Erase hate.” (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Hearing from the parents of Matthew Shepard gave nearly 500 Lexington high school...

Matthew Shepard's story, as told by his parents, adds depth to anti-bullying refrain

‘We’re all Americans, all human beings, all deserving of human rights,’ said Judy Shepard, whose son was killed in 1998. The purple armbands, which promote the Matthew Shepard Foundation, feature the phrase “Erase hate.” (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Hearing from the parents of Matthew Shepard gave nearly 500 Lexington high school...

Walking the Walk: Emmanuel Caulk brings transformational philosophies to Lexington

  Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Caulk (Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson/University of Delaware)   Editor’s note: University of Delaware’s UDaily news service published the following profile of new Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk, a UD graduate.   By Alison Burris Special to KyForward   Successful or struggling, urban, suburban...

Shared Passion: Caulk sees Fayette Co. as ‘destination district,’ believes he’s right fit

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   After a day of meeting with stakeholders, a news conference and a public forum, superintendent finalist Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk says it’s clear that people care deeply about high-quality education in Fayette County Public Schools and seek to support a coherent strategy that closes achievement gaps.   Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Caulk (Photo...

Shared Passion: Caulk sees Fayette Co. as 'destination district,' believes he's right fit

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   After a day of meeting with stakeholders, a news conference and a public forum, superintendent finalist Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk says it’s clear that people care deeply about high-quality education in Fayette County Public Schools and seek to support a coherent strategy that closes achievement gaps.   Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Caulk (Photo...

Meet and Greet: FCPS finalist talks about leadership approach, making ‘good’ great

  Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk, second from left, and wife Christol chat with board vice chair Melissa Bacon and chairman John Price outside Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   Fayette County Public Schools welcomed the first superintendent finalist, Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk, with a tour of schools and a reception Tuesday evening at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School....

Meet and Greet: FCPS finalist talks about leadership approach, making 'good' great

  Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk, second from left, and wife Christol chat with board vice chair Melissa Bacon and chairman John Price outside Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   Fayette County Public Schools welcomed the first superintendent finalist, Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk, with a tour of schools and a reception Tuesday evening at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School....

First FCPS candidates noted for leadership skills, urban experience, gap closing success

  The names of two of the finalists who will interview this week for the post of Fayette County Public Schools superintendent have been released:   · Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk, currently the superintendent of the Portland Public Schools in Maine, will be in Lexington on Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24.   · Terri Breeden, who is currently assistant superintendent...