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Lexington preparing for forecasted winter weather; drivers urged to use caution during a.m. commute

With a rain/snow mix expected in the evening hours combined with temperatures expected below freezing, the City is urging drivers to use extra caution on their morning commute. The City will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses to ensure safe travel. As winter weather approaches, the City of Lexington is prepared. “Kentucky weather is oftentimes...

Fayette County Public Schools to host fall session of Family University Saturday at Henry Clay High School

The fall 2019 session of Family University is coming up Saturday, Nov. 9 at Henry Clay High School. Fam U provides informational sessions for caregivers, enrichment activities for students of all ages, and district/community resources to help families stay engaged in their child’s education. Participation is free, and open to the public. “Family University provides amazing learning opportunities....

Lexington’s Family Care Center celebrates 30th anniversary, still blazing innovative trail of work

A facility that was considered ground-breaking when it opened in 1989 is still blazing an innovative trail today as it celebrates its 30th anniversary of work with parents and young children. “The Family Care Center helps families with young children achieve greater stability and resilience. One of its priorities is working with young parents who may not be quite ready to be parents,” Mayor Linda...

Tree Week 2019: A week of tree-centric activities in Lexington, celebrating trees’ impact on environment

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Tree Week 2019 celebrates Lexington’s trees and the myriad ways they impact everyone’s lives. Venues around Lexington will be hosting family-friendly educational, recreational and community activities for all ages and interests from Oct. 12-19. The free, week-long celebration is coordinated by the Urban Forest Initiative in collaboration with a variety...

Fayette County Schools students at The Stables follow ‘code of the west’ for life principles

Paraeducator Ametrius Holland encouraged two competitors as they made the turn at the halfway mark. (Photo from FCPS) While The Stables in Fayette County Public Schools is a long way from Wyoming, the alternative program has embraced “Cowboy Ethics” and the Code of the West with its 10 Principles to Live By. For sophomore McKayla Goltz, the favorite is “Always Finish What You Start.” “That...

Keeneland to host fifth graders for educational experience about region’s Thoroughbred industry

Keeneland will welcome approximately 2,900 fifth-grade students from 33 area public and private schools each day this week for a two-hour interactive tour designed to expand their knowledge of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. More than 23,000 fifth-grade students have participated in the program, now in its ninth year. “These tours are fun experiences for students that...

Window open to apply for FCPS 2020-2021 special programs, early entrance to kindergarten

The 2020-21 application window for Fayette County Public School’s gifted and talented programs, magnet schools, and other specialized academic opportunities is open Aug. 15 through Oct. 7, 2019. It is not a first-come, first-served system. Applications may be submitted anytime during this window, and all will receive equal consideration. This is also the window for families interested in their...

Bright and shiny, Fayette County’s Brenda Cowan Elementary full of anticipation on opening day

Students got right to work on the first day of school at Brenda Cowan Elementary. (Photo from FCPS) At Brenda Cowan Elementary, excitement was the buzzword for Day 1 of the 2019-20 school year. As teachers welcomed their classes, staffers tied bus/car tags onto backpacks, and students practiced carrying imaginary trays through the lunch line, everyone seemed in high spirits at the newest facility in...

FCPS free Cutz-n-Curlz event provides fresh styles, relationship building prior to start of school year

Local barbers and stylists volunteered to help with the annual Cutz-n-Curlz. (Photo from FCPS) Students of all ages turned out for the annual Cutz-n-Curlz, where they scored free haircuts and fresh styles for the 2019-20 school year. “They feel like a new person with a sense of confidence,” said Marc Petitfrere, manager of King Kuts in Lexington, which brought its entire staff of barbers to help...

Fayette County Public Schools celebrates official opening of Brenda Cowan Elementary

(Photo from FCPS) Family, colleagues, and local officials agreed at the Aug. 12 ribbon-cutting ceremony that naming the newest elementary in Fayette County Public Schools after the late Brenda Cowan was an easy call. “She was a hard worker with a great attitude and an unmatched sense of humor,” Lexington Fire Chief Kristin Chilton said during the outdoor program. “She was the type of person you’d...

Fayette schools FCCLA members bring home honors from National Leadership Conference

FCCLA members from Fayette County Public Schools earned recognition at the organization’s 2019 National Leadership Conference, which ran June 30 through July 4 in Anaheim, California, where the theme was “Believe in Yourself.”   From Beaumont Middle: • Chapter Review — gold medal to Allison Clabes, Claire Lee, and Madison Scott; • Chapter Service Project Display — silver medal...

Commentary: Attempts to deceive community about FCPS include distorted reality, invalid comparisons

By Fayette County Public Schools Special to KyForward Once again, Dan Rose and Ron Vissing are attempting to deceive our community by quoting statistics out of context and presenting hyperbolic bluster as truth. While their charts use flawed data visualization practices to present a distorted reality, their conclusions are based on invalid comparisons that reflect a lack of understanding of public...

William Wells Brown Elementary’s 21st Century summer camp rigorous, but ‘fun and engaging’

For youngsters like Faith Owens, the 21st Century program’s four-week camp at William Wells Brown Elementary is a great way to spend part of the summer. “I’ve done the camp since third grade,” said Faith, who will be in fifth grade this fall at Southern Elementary after a recent move. “It helps me get my grades up, and when I fall off track, I can come here to learn to be smarter and make...

PNC Foundation awards two-year grants to Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Public Library

The PNC Foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to Fayette County Public Schools and a $50,000 grant to the Lexington Public Library as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of PNC Grow Up Great, the bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. The two-year grants are designed to support the specific needs of preschool...

Fayette County announces two new principals, district administrator for 2019-2020 school year

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, Fayette County Public Schools is already looking ahead to next year with the selection of two new principals and the addition of an Associate Director of Minority Recruitment and Retention. “Each new hire strengthens our team,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. “Our students and families are counting on us, and we need...

Three Kentucky school districts receive federal funding to improve mental health resources

Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service School districts in Bullitt, Henderson and Warren counties have received $9 million in federal funding to improve mental health services for students. Kentucky is one of only four states to get this year’s Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) grants. The School Safety and Resiliency Act, which requires public school districts in Kentucky to...

Fayette County Public Schools employees donate nearly $37,000 during United Way giving campaign

Employees of Fayette County Public Schools have contributed more than $36,800 through the district’s 2018-19 United Way giving campaign. These funds will support local efforts to provide for United Way of the Bluegrass partners and programs that make impacts in education, financial stability, and basic needs in Lexington and across Central Kentucky. Starting this school year, FCPS employees had...

Bryan Station junior speaks to national audience on importance of strong career and technical education

LaMargaret Johnson, a junior at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, impressed upon a national audience of chief state school officers and educators the vital importance of strong career and technical education (CTE) programs in a speech in Washington, D.C. Speaking during the Council of Chief State School Officers Legislative Conference, Johnson spoke about her experience at Bryan Station, which...

Leestown Middle School teacher Melanie Trowel named KEA’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

The Kentucky Education Association has selected Melanie Trowel of Leestown Middle School as its 2020 Teacher of the Year. Melanie Trowel (Photo from FCPS) Trowel, who has more than 20 years’ of service in Fayette County Public Schools, accepted the honor April 4 at the KEA Delegate Assembly in Louisville. “I am humbled to receive this award because I am surrounded by exceptional teachers who are...

Fayette County Public Schools seeks presenters for Innovations for Learning Conference in June

Fayette County Public Schools is looking for innovative teachers, administrators, and education professionals who love learning to present at the 2019 Innovations for Learning Conference, set for June 7 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington. IFL is a free, one-day event that promotes the use of innovative instructional strategies that engage students to improve learning, with an emphasis on...