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North Carolina native Barry Richburg selected as next principal of Yates Elementary School

A seasoned educator with experience in two of the nation’s top-rated school districts will be the next principal of Yates Elementary School, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk has announced. With the selection of Barry Richburg, a North Carolina native who coincidentally served as principal of Yates Mill Elementary School in Raleigh, all of the leadership openings in the district...

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...

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 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...

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 Public Schools looking for 300 community volunteers for K-5 reading program

Fayette County Public Schools, in partnership with Scholastic, has launched a read-aloud mentoring program that aims to pair 300 community volunteers once a month with K-5 classrooms in 29 participating schools across the district. “This initiative is a profound way to make a difference,” Superintendent Manny Caulk said at an Oct. 17 news conference at Lansdowne Elementary, the first site on board...

New Fayette County Public Schools initiative encourages families to emphasize early learning

In an effort to support kindergarten readiness and improve the opportunities for young children to achieve success later in life, Fayette County Public Schools formally announced “First 5 Lex – Read, Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten” at a news conference at the Family Care Center. The First 5 Lex initiative gives families and caregivers access to information about early learning and...

FCPS issues Golden Apple Awards to five community partners for contributions to schools

Five high-performing community partners have received Golden Apple Awards from Fayette County Public Schools for their efforts alongside the district and specific schools in 2016-17. “We are so blessed to have so many committed individuals giving of their time, talents, and finances,” said school board member Daryl Love, who welcomed honorees and guests Thursday at host Frederick Douglass High...

Education Notes: Back to school rallies outfit students; Tates Creek senior elected Girls Nation VP

Families turned out at 17 Lexington-area sites for the annual Back to School Rallies, which were chock-full of games and outdoor activities, community resources, food, and fun for all ages. Nearly 6,000 students received free school supplies during the Aug. 5 campaign, organized by the YMCA of Central Kentucky. “School supplies and backpacks are a symbol of the start of another school year,” FCPS...

FCPS’s Langdon named 2017 Education Support Professional of the Year by KEA

The Kentucky Education Association has selected Frankie Langdon, a Media Services technician in FCPS, as its 2017 Education Support Professional of the Year. She received the award and a $1,000 cash prize during the KEA’s delegate assembly in Louisville; she can also attend next spring’s national conference at no expense. Frankie Langdon In a voluntary role, Langdon serves as president of the...

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...

Caulk recognizes Fayette County retirees — representing 4,394 years of service — at dinner

At the district’s 2017 retirement dinner, Superintendent Manny Caulk noted that this group had totaled an impressive 4,394 years of service in Fayette County Public Schools. “Within that number are some amazing moments that each of you will carry with you,” he said. Retired principal John Nochta served as emcee for the evening, reading introductions and short anecdotes shared by the retirees...

Members of 16th District PTA presents scholarships, install new executive board for next two years

Members of the 16th District PTA and FCPS supporters gathered this week at Fasig-Tipton to mark the successes of 2016-17, commend outstanding school chapters and volunteers, and install a new executive board for the next two-year term. Superintendent Manny Caulk noted the district has some 9,300 members of PTA and PTSA chapters, with volunteers giving thousands of hours of their time on behalf of...

Community-wide education initiative First 5 Lex picks up $5,000 grant from PNC’s Grow Up Great program

First 5 Lex, a communitywide initiative whose focus is “read, talk, and play” for children from cradle to kindergarten, has received a $5,000 grant as part of PNC’s ongoing Grow Up Great program. “Early learning is critical to success later in life,” John Gohmann, regional president of PNC Bank, said in announcing more than $60,000 in funding for 10 nonprofit organizations in Central Kentucky....

Education Notes: Woodson junior Walker receives Distinguished Leader Award from LLYP

The Leadership Lexington Youth Program presented its 2017 Distinguished Leader Award to Zion Walker of Carter G. Woodson Academy. He accepted the plaque April 12 at the LLYP graduation luncheon, held at Fasig-Tipton. “This program opened my eyes to all that Lexington and the world have to offer and all that is possible,” Zion said as the eight-month series wrapped up. Class members nominate candidates...

Career Coach: New Fayette County program helps get students ready to execute their life plans

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Preparing students for the next step after Tates Creek High School is Charliese Lewis’ priority. “My goal is to make sure they know they have options,” said Lewis, one of the district’s college and career readiness coaches. Superintendent Manny Caulk created the coach positions in 2016-17 in response to students’ requests for additional help in this...

Caulk launches volunteer recruitment; Give 10 will match school needs to available talents

Applauded by students and community leaders during a recent news conference, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk issued a call to action to make a difference in the life of a child. “Our students need you,” he said in prepared remarks. “They need your time. They need your talent. They need to know that you want the same things for them that you want for your own children....