Superintendent in the News

In Lexington, Fayette County schools Superintendent Manny Caulk signaled he would lead the contingent of teachers and staff from the state’s second-largest school district.

“We’re going to Frankfort on Friday to make our voices heard and to insist the fight for justice, the fight to equity still continues,” he said. “That’s a fight not only about our educators. It’s about our children and families.”

Caulk didn’t say whether he would cancel school Friday.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/kentucky-teachers-plan-rally-education-funding-54369927

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Fayette County Public Schools Spokeswoman Releases Statement

Read more here: http://www.wtvq.com/2016/08/18/fcps-superintendent-track-progress-online/

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Lexington leaders ride the bus to school with students

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Summer is over for many students in Central Kentucky.

Some bus riders in Fayette County were greeted by community leaders Wednesday morning for the first day back to school.

Last year, superintendent Manny Caulk rode the bus to school with elementary school students and read a book with them. This year, the district invited about two dozen community leaders to ride different buses and read with kids.

Lexington Fire Chief Kristin Chilton joined three kids headed to Ashland Elementary. Once at school, she helped welcome everyone to the first day.

“Everybody’s really excited,” said Chief Chilton. “A lot of kids were really anxious since it’s their first day, especially the kindergarteners that were coming in. You could tell they didn’t really know what to expect.”

Watch video here: http://www.wtvq.com/2016/08/10/lexington-leaders-ride-bus-school-students/

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Superintendent Caulk encourages staff to go ‘All In’

 

High school students waited outside the arena with welcoming signs and chalk messages as FCPS employees arrived for the all-staff event.

High school students waited outside the arena with welcoming signs and chalk messages as FCPS employees arrived for the all-staff event.

High school students waited outside the arena with welcoming signs and chalk messages as FCPS employees arrived for the all-staff event.Each school found a banner marking its seating section, as did Transportation and District Support Services. High-energy music got the crowd going early.Take Two, an a cappella group from Tates Creek High School, performed "Wonder" with lyrics like “Though our feet might ache, the world’s upon our shoulders. No way we goin’ break, ’cause we are full of wonder.”Superintendent Manny Caulk (right) presented MLK Academy teacher Joshua Collins with the inaugural 212 Award, which goes to an employee who has given that one extra degree of effort that makes the difference in the life of a student. At the end, employees held up red, yellow, blue, and white cards to spell out "ALL IN" around the arena.

On the cusp of a new school year, more than 5,500 FCPS employees gathered to answer Superintendent Manny Caulk’s call to action – declaring they’re “All In” to ensure the best possible outcomes for every student in 2016-17. The crowd poured into Alltech Arena for Monday’s all-staff kickoff event amid greetings from high schoolers holding up “We Love You” and “Welcome Back” posters.

The keynote speakers – brothers Tayte and Tyler Patton, along with English teacher Joshua Collins from Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Excellence – energized the audience with their powerful story of transformation, determination, and hope. Caulk then presented Collins with the inaugural 212 Award, which goes to an employee who has given that one extra degree of effort that makes the difference in a student’s life.

Video: The twins’ dialogue

Video: 212 degrees

Video: Caulk’s message

Another highlight was the performance of “Wonder” by Take Two, an a cappella group from Tates Creek High School, with lyrics like “Though our feet might ache, the world’s upon our shoulders. No way we goin’ break, ’cause we are full of wonder.”

Video: Their song

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Two New Elementary Schools Ready For Start Of School Year In Lexington

Some Fayette County students will be starting the school year in brand new schools.  Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held today and not one but two new elementary schools in Lexington.

The first celebration was at Coventry Oaks off Georgetown Road just south of the I 65/75 split.  “They can expect some very enthused and excited teachers who are ready to jump in there, build relationships, take away some anxiety from kids who may be nervous.  I’ve been telling students the whole time we’re making history together and don’t be nervous about being in a new student because everyone in the building is a new student.  We will have quality learning going on at Coventry Oak and a staff that truly cares about their kids as a whole child”

Garrett Morgan Elementary is the county’s second new elementary school; it’s east of I-75 off Polo Club Boulevard.  Just over 500 students will attend each and Superintendent Manny Caulk said they were completed on-time and within budget.  The first day of school is next Wednesday, August 10th.

Read More Here: http://wuky.org/post/two-new-elementary-schools-ready-start-school-year-lexington#stream/0

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Fayette County Schools hold “family reunion” ahead of school year

Fayette County Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk said he wanted a day out at the ballpark to set the tone for the 2016-2017 school year. It was a chance for people across the district, who don’t get to see each other every day, to get together.

School district employees and their families came out to Whitaker Bank Ballpark for their second annual “family reunion”. The kids’ activities were free. Caulk spent time talking with people from across the district. Some met him for the first time.

“I often say we have the best family in Fayette County. We’re going to prove that in the academic year, but that work begins today. Not employees, but family. That’s what separates Fayette County Public Schools from the rest of the state or really nationally, is that we are family,”

Caulk’s son, Sidney, threw out the first pitch for the Legends game happening at the ballpark.

Students go back to school August 10th.

Read More Here: http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Fayette-County-Schools-hold-family-reunion-ahead-of-school-year-388072942.html

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Fayette schools to establish Office for Educating Boys of Color

Fayette County Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk on Thursday unveiled a multifaceted approach to eliminating racial achievement disparities that have been a problem in the district for decades.

With funding from a $600,000 grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, the school district will establish an Office for Educating Boys of Color to focus on meeting the needs of primarily black and Hispanic male students.

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Mission Possible: Fayette superintendent Caulk assures leadership institute students are top priority

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By Tammy L. Lane
Special to KyForward

Against a backdrop of poignant movie clips and supportive data, Superintendent Manny Caulk assured colleagues in Fayette County Public Schools that strong leadership will ensure students remain the district’s top priority. One of the main opportunities is preparing staff to teach 21st century students and to lead increasingly diverse schools. And one key is openness to personal growth.

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Superintendent unveils his plan for Fayette County Public Schools

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk unveiled a plan Wednesday that he said will improve learning for all students during the 2016-17 school year and help Fayette become one of the best districts in the country by the academic year 2020-21.

As part of his plan, Caulk said he will reorganize the central office to better support schools. The plan calls for rewriting job descriptions for all central office senior staff.

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