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FCPS Board meets for first time since passing of Manny Caulk, begins search for replacement

Fayette County Board of Education members met for the first time Monday to discuss the process of selecting a leader to replace Superintendent Manny Caulk, who passed away in December. During a work session prior to its regularly scheduled monthly planning meeting, the board affirmed a commitment to collaborate with stakeholders and work as a team to find the best candidate to shepherd the district...

Fayette County Board of Education elects Tyler Murphy as chair, Amy Green as vice chair

The Fayette County Board of Education has chosen its next leaders. By unanimous votes during their Jan. 5 virtual meeting, the members elected Tyler Murphy as chair and Amy Green as vice chair. Both positions are two-year terms. Tyler Murphy Stephanie Aschmann Spires of District 4, who was board chair since August 2018, chose not to seek another term. She remains on the board through 2022. Ray Daniels...

Fayette County Board of Education votes to buy Lexington Herald-Leader building for $7.5 million

A downtown landmark will become home to a state-of-the-art career and technical center following a unanimous vote of the Fayette County Board of Education to buy the Lexington Herald-Leader building for $7.5 million. “We are excited to acquire and repurpose this tremendous location,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. “The Herald-Leader has played a central role in...

Fayette County Board of Education votes to participate in opioid litigation to recoup damages

Members of the Fayette County Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to join other school districts across the nation in a multi-district litigation to recoup damages inflicted by the opioid epidemic, citing “significant damages… including expenditures of public funds to address the impact of this epidemic on students, teachers, other staff, and the taxpayers of this district.” Since...

New middle school in Fayette County moves one step closer as Squires Road land purchase approved

A new middle school in northeast Lexington moved one step closer to reality tonight when the Fayette County Board of Education voted unanimously to authorize the purchase of roughly 20 acres of land on Squires Road from the Kentucky American Water Company at a cost of $103,000 per acre. “Land is hard to come by here in Fayette County and we are thankful that the water company had the foresight to...

Fayette County Board of Education adopts tentative $492 million budget focused on investing in students

On the heels of receiving assurance from the Kentucky Department of Education that the school district is on the right track, the Fayette County Board of Education unanimously approved a 2017-18 tentative budget that includes significant investments to ensure that a student’s demography does not determine his or her destiny. “Developing a school district budget goes beyond juggling numbers to balance...

Fayette County Board of Education reelects Bacon as chairwoman; Daniels named vice chairman

The Fayette County Board of Education on Monday unanimously reelected Melissa Bacon as its chairwoman and elected member Ray Daniels as vice chairman. The leadership positions are for two years. Bacon, who studied English at the University of Kentucky, was appointed to the board in 2006 and elected in 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2016. She represents District 1, which encompasses portions of west Fayette...