Caulk named Kentucky’s Superintendent of the Year

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Kentucky Association of School Administrators has 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 the local school board meeting in Norsworthy Auditorium. Along with this recognition, Caulk received a bronze eagle sculpture, a ring, a $2,500 scholarship for an FCPS senior, and travel reimbursement for the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education in Los Angeles. He will now compete with other state winners to become a finalist for the National Superintendent of the Year Award, which will be announced in February.

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After growing up in the inner city of Wilmington, Delaware, Caulk became the first person in his family to graduate from college. He began his career teaching special education students in a county detention center. After five years, he left the classroom and became a school administrator. During this time, Caulk also earned a law degree, and he practiced law until 2003. After several years of successful school- and district-level leadership, Caulk became superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools in June 2015. Once considered one of the premier school systems in the state, Kentucky’s second-largest district needed transformative leadership focused on equity and opportunity for every student. In less than three years, Caulk has led a dramatic turnaround by engaging students, staff, families, and community members in a top to bottom examination of the district and by strategically building the structures and systems necessary for sustained success.

Along with Caulk, the other finalists for the award were Sherry Horsley of Greenup County, Steve Miracle of Trimble County, and Patricia Sheffer of Union County. The selection criteria included:

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students;
  • Communication – strength in personal and organizational communication;
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills while providing professional learning opportunities and motivation to others on the education team; and
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national, and international issues.

For more information, please contact Wanda Darland, communications coordinator for KASA, at (800) 928-KASA ext. 106 in Frankfort.