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FCPS announces new elementary school to be named after fallen Lexington firefighter Brenda Cowan

Fayette County’s newest elementary school will be named in honor of Lexington Fire Department Lt. Brenda Cowan, who was killed in the line of duty 15 years ago this month, following a unanimous vote by the Fayette County Board of Education this evening. “It is absolutely fitting that we should name our newest school for a courageous woman like Lt. Cowan, who gave her life in service to our community,”...

Local beneficiaries of WHAS Crusade for Children to celebrate ‘For the Love of Children’ week Feb. 4-10

Each year, tens of thousands of dollars from the WHAS Crusade for Children go to Lexington-area agencies, schools and hospitals that help children with special needs. To say thank you, these local recipients are sponsoring “For Love of the Children” week Feb. 4-10. (Click for larger image) Each day during the week, select businesses in Lexington will offer a percentage of sales to the WHAS Crusade...

Locust trace agriculture teacher Daniel Bustle among 21 educators nationwide selected for XLR8 Institute

Daniel Bustle, an agriculture teacher at Locust Trace AgriScience Center, is among 21 individuals nationwide selected to participate in the 2018-19 XLR8 Institute – a professional learning program that began at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. Daniel Bustle (Photo from FCPS) The XLR8 program helps those in their seventh to 15th years of...

FCPS offering students essential 21st-century skills with participation in global Hour of Code program

For today’s students, coding or programming is part of everyday life – even if computers aren’t involved. It’s more about problem-solving, logic, and creativity, which arguably are essential skills in the 21st-century classroom and workplace. “Coding makes a connection to what they’ll see in real life,” said Jerry Broyles, one of the district’s digital learning coaches. Maxwell STLPMaxwell...

Fayette County Public Schools’ Manny Caulk named 2019 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators named Manny Caulk of Fayette County Public Schools its 2019 Superintendent of the Year. KASA Executive Director Wayne Young and Lesa Kay Hoffman from American Fidelity presented the statewide award Nov. 19 during a local school board meeting. Along with this recognition, Caulk received a bronze eagle sculpture, a ring, a $2,500 scholarship for an Fayette...

Fayette schools Superintendent Caulk says its school safety plan, now moving ahead, is model for nation

Speaking publicly for the first time since an effort to recall a tax to support his Comprehensive 10-Point Safety Investment Plan failed, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk recognized individuals who supported the initiative and pledged to move forward with deliberate action and public accountability. “Two months ago, I asked our community to make a significant and permanent...

Letter to the Editor: Fayette Co. Public Schools safety plan paramount to student success, school safety

Commerce Lexington Inc. has held a longstanding belief that education and the success of our students go hand in hand with creating a vibrant city and healthy economy. Having a highly-educated and well-trained workforce is essential to attracting new business and retaining existing business and industry. As such, Commerce Lexington Inc. believes it is imperative to do what we can as a community to...

FCPS Book on Board initiative encouraging bus-riding students to fall in love with reading during

A new initiative called Books on Board is transforming school buses into rolling libraries across Fayette County Public Schools during the 2018-19 academic year. The launch included dozens of volunteers riding along to read to elementary students on Aug. 15, the first day of classes, which illustrated how Lexington is a community of readers who value the importance of literacy and education. Books...

Fayette County Board of Education Chair Melissa Bacon resigns due to family illness

Fayette County Board of Education Chair Melissa Bacon, who has served on the school board for more than 12 years, said Wednesday she has notified the state commissioner of education that she is resigning effective immediately in order to care for her aging mother. “It is with mixed emotions after much prayer and discernment that I am resigning from my board position,” Bacon said. “My mother,...

‘Cutz & Curlz’ gives Fayette County Public Schools students fresh start for new school year

Dozens of Fayette County Public Schools families stopped by the “Cutz & Curlz” event August 13 to get their children a fresh look for the 2018-19 school year. “It’s all to make sure opening day is a great beginning,” said Superintendent Manny Caulk, who brought his visiting niece for a new style. “Cutz & Curlz allows our students to go to school looking their best, which adds...

Fayette County Public Schools presents Golden Apple Awards to six community partners

Fayette County Public Schools has presented Golden Apple Awards to a half-dozen high-performing community partners for their efforts working with the district and specific schools in 2017-18. Kelli Parmley of the Community Partners Leadership Team (CPLT), Superintendent Manny Caulk, and school board Chairwoman Melissa Bacon thanked the honorees on Aug. 1 before the 2018 State of the Schools address...

Fayette Public Schools holds Superintendent’s Leadership Institute with theme ‘Game On!’

Steve Constantino closed out the 2018 Superintendent’s Leadership Institute with a simple but powerful message: “Family engagement is not an event – it’s a process,” he said. “Family engagement is not about doing more. It’s about doing something differently.” The Fayette County Public Schools leadership institute’s keynote speaker, a veteran educator and author from Virginia,...

Fayette County Public Schools announces broadcast schedule for six graduation ceremonies

FCPS-TV, the educational television station in Fayette County Public Schools, will air the 2018 high school graduation ceremonies several times apiece through mid-June. These May 31 and June 1 events are not broadcast live from Rupp Arena. The commencements will also be archived and available through the district’s Video on Demand service, where people may watch anytime or download free copies. For...

Lafayette High School teacher receives Jack Bryden Great Teacher Award from Lexington Rotary

Connie Waespe The Rotary Club of Lexington recently saluted Connie Waespe of Lafayette High School as the 2018 recipient of its Jack Bryden Great Teacher Award, based on essays submitted by scholarship applicants. Waespe has taught most of her career in Fayette County Public Schools, including seven years at Leestown Middle and the past 20 in AP Math at Lafayette. Students describe her as a challenging...

Aspiring golfers from Deep Springs Elementary learn strategy, sportsmanship in after-school golf club

For two dozen aspiring golfers at Deep Springs Elementary, the thriving after-school golf club is a fantastic avenue to learn strategy and sportsmanship while practicing their drives, chip shots, and putts. “I know the low score wins, so that’s why I want to get a par on every hole,” said fourth-grader Braydn Wade, who was eager to try out a new sport. High school players from Henry Clay and...

FCPS Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk steers district onto right path, named 2018 Leader to Learn From

By Corey Mitchell Education Week Emmanuel Caulk still keeps a tattered copy of a sixth-grade report card tucked away in his wallet. More important than the grades was the handwritten note from his teacher. That teacher looked past the C’s and the fact that Caulk fell short of his goal of earning a spot on the honor roll, and instead seized on his desire to be better. “He told me basically, ‘I’m...

Ky Society Technology in Education taps two FCPS employees for statewide technology awards

The Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) presented state-level awards to two employees in Fayette County Public Schools on March 9 during its annual conference in Louisville. Bob Moore, left, and Sam Conder (photo provided) Bob Moore, director of Technology in FCPS, received the Outstanding Leader Award, while network administrator Sam Conder brought home honors for Outstanding Technical...

Superintendent says metal detectors will be installed at Frederick Douglass High School

Stationary metal detectors will be installed as soon as possible at Frederick Douglass High School and all students will be required to pass through them daily, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk said today after a student at the school accidentally shot himself in the hand during first period. “This is something we must do,” Caulk said, “Speaking as a parent and a father,...

Two Fayette Co. Public Schools employees honored by the American String Teachers Association

The Kentucky Chapter of the American String Teachers Association recently presented 2018 awards to two employees in Fayette County Public Schools: Nancy Campbell for Outstanding Director (K-12) and Patti Stanton for Distinguished Service. They accepted the honors Feb. 9 at the state ASTA luncheon in Louisville. “I have the best job in the world! Every day I get to teach fantastic, enthusiastic...