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Fayette’s Chief of Schools, Tony Watts, named superintendent of Newport Independent Schools

Staff report Fayette County Public Schools’ Chief of Schools, Tony Watts has been named superintendent of the Newport Independent Schools in Northern Kentucky. Watts will return to the district where he served as principal of Newport High School. Watts, 49, will replace Newport’s current superintendent Kelly Middleton, who is retiring at the end of the school year after eight years leading...

Commentary: Fayette Co. Schools failing to improve student performance despite spending, tax increases

By Dan Rose and Ron Vissing Special to KyForward The Fayette County public school system (FCPS) is failing to improve student performance despite years of higher spending and taxes. Yet the system continues to increase taxes and spending every year with no accountability to taxpayers or the public at large. Again, for 2019-20, FCPS has indicated it intends to take advantage of the automatic 4 percent...

Fayette County Public Schools offer Countown to Kindergarten — free, fun activities all summer

This summer, children who have registered for kindergarten in 2019-20 have a chance to attend a variety of fun, free, and educational activities through the Fayette County school district’s Countdown to Kindergarten program. Many community organizations partner to offer these countywide opportunities. To participate, simply register your child for kindergarten at your assigned elementary school....

Embassy of Spain names Lexington’s Maxwell Elementary the 2018-2019 School of the Year

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher Somos Maxwell is more than a slogan for Maxwell Elementary. “We say ‘Somos Maxwell,’ which means ‘We Are Maxwell,’” said Principal Robert Crawford. “We think about being kind, being cooperative, responsible and respectful. Not only in the local context, but at the global scale.” The Embassy of Spain’s Education office in Washington, D.C., recognized...

Teachers at Lansdowne and SCAPA to give new LEGO materials a trial run; it’s teamwork — and fun

By Tammy Lane Fayette County Public Schools Nine-year-old Jerome Taylor already knows the value of LEGO lessons in the STEAM lab at Lansdowne Elementary, pointing out how he and classmates can be really creative in their class time. “You work as a team and also have fun,” he said one day as the children built incline planes and levers to demonstrate a catapult. Jerome’s teacher, Jennifer Rodabaugh,...

It’s time for 2019-20 kindergarten registration for Fayette schools; Step 1 is available online now

To enroll a child in kindergarten for 2019-20 in Fayette County Public Schools, families may begin online starting Jan. 15. The child must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 to start kindergarten this fall. After submitting the online form, families must then go to their neighborhood’s assigned school with their form number and two proofs of residence (e.g. deed or lease and a utility bill) to complete...

Glendover Elementary first grader, 7, shows true spirit of the season — leads drive to help refugees

Annelids Morgan says her community service project resulted in ‘more than I thought there would be.’ By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward Seven-year-old Anneliese Morgan has a huge heart, and she found no Grinches at Glendover Elementary when she asked for help with a community service project. In the end, the schoolwide effort collected dozens upon dozens of toiletry items for Kentucky...

FCPS board votes to hire experts for district audits; ‘This is a monumental day,’ superintendent says

Fayette County school board members voted last night to hire national experts to review school district operations and services. A series of five external audits are a key component in Superintendent Manny Caulk’s “Listening, Learning and Leading” entry plan, which outlines his first 100 days, a press release stated. “This is a monumental day for the Fayette County Public Schools,” Caulk...

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...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T is the 'way' to a better school environment, more fun at Leestown Middle

In one team-building exercise, Leestown students competed to build the tallest tower using spaghetti, marshmallows and masking tape. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Three years into “The Leestown Way,” students and staff at the Lexington’s Leestown Middle School know well what “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” stands for:   Remember basic kindness Encourage...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T is the ‘way’ to a better school environment, more fun at Leestown Middle

In one team-building exercise, Leestown students competed to build the tallest tower using spaghetti, marshmallows and masking tape. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Three years into “The Leestown Way,” students and staff at the Lexington’s Leestown Middle School know well what “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” stands for:   Remember basic kindness Encourage...

Spreading the Word: Suicide prevention a crucial topic for middle, high school students

‘You have to look at what’s the norm for adolescents and what’s the extreme,’ said guidance counselor Jane Morris. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   For the school community at Lexington’s Jessie Clark Middle, which lost a student to suicide two years ago, suicide prevention is a crucial topic to cover at the start of the academic...

FCPS employees pause for a little 'family' time before students return to classroom Aug. 12

A Sunday afternoon picnic was a real family affair for Fayette County School Employees. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   About 3,000 people – including new Superintendent Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk – turned out for the Fayette County Public Schools’ “Family Reunion” at Master Station Park.   Caulk, who was hired in June, expressed confidence that the FCPS...

FCPS employees pause for a little ‘family’ time before students return to classroom Aug. 12

A Sunday afternoon picnic was a real family affair for Fayette County School Employees. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   About 3,000 people – including new Superintendent Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk – turned out for the Fayette County Public Schools’ “Family Reunion” at Master Station Park.   Caulk, who was hired in June, expressed confidence that the FCPS...

Fayette Co. will add 30 minutes onto school day from April 20 through May 29 closing

With the arrival of spring – and the belief that snow days are in the past – the Fayette Fayette County Board of Education has decided on a plan to make up instructional time lost because of winter weather. They voted to add 30 minutes to the end of the school day starting April 20, and make May 29 the last day of school.   Schools were closed seven full days and six hours due to delays...

School Boundaries: FCPS rezoning committee ‘shifting into high gear’; public input urged

Below you will find the text of a message from Alan Stein, chair the School Rezoning Committee for the Fayette County Public Schools, that was shared with families, employees and community members about the committee’s progress.     The committee examining changes to school zone boundaries met again this afternoon and continued its focus on crafting elementary school zones. Our committee...

Coin toss determines parent/guardian representative on FCPS screening committee

Under provisions in state law that outline the process for breaking a tie in a general election, a coin toss this morning determined that Sharon Mofield-Boswell will represent parents and guardians on the Superintendent Screening Committee.   To assist in the selection of the next Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent, the Fayette County Board of Education is required to appoint a Superintendent...