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Fayette County Public Schools look to reopen week of Aug. 24 with new model of on-campus instruction

Fayette County Public Schools is looking at welcoming students back to school the week of Aug. 24 with a new model of on-campus, face-to-face instruction, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk has announced. “This is later than our school district normally starts, but this change allows us to take advantage of the flexibility afforded in state law to have a shorter school year,...

Fayette County Public Schools selects new principals for three district elementary schools

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk has announced new principals have been selected for three elementary schools, leaving just one school leadership post open in the district. The new principals are: · John Moore, new principal of Ashland Elementary School · Michael Jones, new principal of Mary Todd Elementary School · Ebony Hutchinson, new principal...

Open letter to Fayette County Public School families from Superintendent Manny Caulk

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Clark writes this open letter to school families: A broad-based committee of students, families, teachers, health officials, principals and district leaders has been working for months to develop plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Although the spread of COVID-19 in our community remains a constantly changing situation, you can be certain that our...

Fayette County Public Schools to begin phased-in return for outdoor athletics on June 29

Fayette County Public Schools will begin a phased-in return for outdoor athletics and extra-curricular activities on June 29. Practice will resume for fall sports at the high school level (cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer and volleyball) on June 29, followed by middle school sports and other high school sports on July 6. Manny Caulk“Nothing is more important than the safety...

Fayette County Public Schools announces new principals for Bryan Station, Morton Middle School

New principals have been selected for Bryan Station High School and Morton Middle School, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk announced, welcoming one leader from another district and celebrating another on her leadership advancement in FCPS. Named were: • Eric Hale, new principal of Bryan Station High School • Twanjua Jones, new principal of Morton Middle School Each of them...

Fayette County Public Schools works with community partners to send seniors out in style

Given that the class of 2020 has had a final semester of high school like none other, Fayette County Public Schools and several community partners are working together to ensure their graduation celebration is one-of-a-kind. Already this spring, seniors at all FCPS high schools and special programs have been feted with social media spots, website tributes and individual deliveries of yard signs. Staff...

Fayette County school readiness initiative First 5 Lex receives $50,000 grant to continue programing

The Fayette County Community Early Childhood Council has received a $50,000 state grant to continue the FCPS initiative First 5 Lex — Read, Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten. The funding comes from Kentucky’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood. “We are extremely excited and grateful to continue bringing together our wonderful...

Fayette County Public Schools select new principals for three elementary schools

New principals have been selected for three elementary schools, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk announced Tuesday. Caulk welcomed two leaders from other districts and encouraged a third to continue his leadership development in FCPS. Named Tuesday were: • Donte Tichenor, new principal of Booker T. Washington Elementary School • Jennifer Spencer, new principal of Julius...

FCPS outlines new initiatives to connect with students and families, plans for virtual graduation

In a press conference last week, Fayette County Public Schools unveiled two new initiatives designed to broaden opportunity and access for students and families, and outlined the district’s plans for graduation. “While COVID-19 has dramatically changed the world around us, our core values have remained constant,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. “Team FCPS has...

FCPS, Redwood Cooperative School named 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon honorees

While the state remains focused on fighting the novel coronavirus outbreak that has interrupted the school year, the U.S. Department of Education is honoring a Kentucky school district and a cooperative school for their environmental instruction efforts. Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) and Redwood Cooperative School in Lexington are among 55 national honorees name as 2020 U.S. Department of Education...

Land purchase approved for 47 acres to house new Fayette County Public middle, elementary schools

Amid the rest of the construction in the rapidly-growing area of Fayette County east of I-75, Fayette County Public Schools will soon build a middle school and a second elementary school to serve children and families in the area. These two schools have been listed as new construction priorities on the District’s Facilities Plan since 2017, but Monday’s unanimous vote of the Fayette County...

Calipari foundation working to help struggling Kentucky families during time of uncertainty

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is doing his part to help struggling families during the current coronavirus crisis that has crippled the state, nation and the world. The Calipari Foundation, the Kroger Company, and Fayette County Public Schools will be providing food for families based in 37 elementary schools through April 20 and said if they “need more, then we will do more — eight...

Lexington Paul Dunbar students sweep top honors in 2020 regional science competition

Students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School secured top honors in the 2020 Central Kentucky Regional Science & Engineering Fair on March 7. David Vulakh earned first place overall in the high school division, second place went to Saisha Dhar, and third place to Ashley Su. The middle school division’s overall winners included Morton’s Lars Myrup in first place and Gerald Winkler in third...

Fayette County Public Schools are closed for three weeks; students should complete activities at home

Fayette County Public Schools will be closed for at least the next three weeks. Educational activities appropriate for students at each grade level are being provided two ways: • Students at every grade level were given copies of “FCPS Unplugged” to take home with them today. This document includes 15 days of activities students can do at home without the use of electronic devices. If you would...

Cardinal Valley Elementary after-school art club inspired by trading cards of influential women

The after-school art club at Cardinal Valley Elementary has been inspired by trading cards of influential women. During Women’s History Month, moviegoers and others can stop by the small gallery at the Kentucky Theatre to see an exhibit of oversized trading cards designed by a Transylvania University student paired with corresponding artwork by an after-school club at Cardinal Valley Elementary. “We...

Local businesses, organizations sought as worksites for 2020 Summer Youth Job Training Program

The 2020 Summer Youth Job Training Program (SYJTP) is seeking local businesses and community-based organizations to serve as worksites for this year’s program. As part of the Summer Youth Job Training Program, participating employers do not incur direct wage costs. All of the youth workers’ wages and employment-related costs are paid directly by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. However,...

SisterKeeper mentoring program changing the conversation among girls at Bryan Station HS

“We’re trying to really empower them to be strong young women,” said Whitney Young, the Youth Services Center coordinator at BSHS. (Photo from FCPS) When several dozen Bryan Station students spent an hour dissecting the phrase “like a girl,” the mood shifted noticeably as the conversation turned from hurtful stereotypes toward life-giving affirmations. The reclaim-the-language exercise...

Fayette County Public Schools, Commerce Lexington promote ‘Building Intentional Partnerships’

Nearly 75 professionals recently gathered for an informational and networking session called “Building Intentional Partnerships,” sponsored by Fayette County Public Schools and Commerce Lexington. “We want resource partners to meet businesses and for all of us to start working together and forming relationships,” said Marilyn Clark, manager of the district’s office of Economic Development...

Leadership Lexington Youth Program helps teens find avenues as ambassadors for change

In their quest to become ambassadors for change, teens in the Leadership Lexington Youth Program spent time at God’s Pantry Food Bank. (Photo provided) In their quest to become ambassadors for change, teens in the Leadership Lexington Youth Program spent time at God’s Pantry Food Bank, which tweaked their comfort zone. “I’m used to going home to a home-cooked meal. I’m not used to seeing...

Liberty Elementary’s leaders-in-training volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, spread seasonal joy

With winter break on the horizon, Liberty Elementary spread a little seasonal joy at the Ronald McDonald House Charities, where the Student Leadership Team baked and bagged 10 dozen cookies for families whose children are patients in local hospitals. “It helps instill that they need to give back to the community and not just focus on themselves,” said Cydney Jackson, a district mental health specialist...