Superintendent Manny Caulk
A champion for children committed to helping every student reach his or her unlimited potential, Fayette County Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk has a track record of success in urban school districts that spans two decades. With teaching and leadership experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in some of the nation’s largest and most impoverished school districts, Caulk has consistently advanced policies and procedures based on research and best practices to create systems of high expectations and accountability, organizational and governance structures, and metrics to define results.
In his first year at the helm of the second-largest school district in Kentucky, Caulk launched an entry plan that included five external audits, site visits to every school and program, and listening sessions and surveys that drew input from more than 12,750 students, staff, families, and community partners. His resulting “Blueprint for Student Success: Achieving Educational Excellence and Equity for All,” outlined 100 specific strategies in eight pillars of focus that were completed during the 2016-17 school year. The community was able to track progress and hold leaders accountable through a first-of-its-kind online monitoring tool.
Under Caulk’s leadership, the district developed its first strategic plan in a decade, worked in partnership with local business leaders to redesign its high schools through the Ford Next Generation initiative, launched an intentional volunteer campaign called “Give 10,” placed education in the center of community discourse through his Superintendent’s Book Club, and was the first school district in Kentucky to establish a grant-funded Office for Educating Boys of Color with an intentional focus on meeting the needs of primarily black and Hispanic male students.
In March 2017, the Kentucky Department of Education conducted its fourth and most exhaustive audit of the district in as many years, including 8,691 surveys, 180 classroom observations, site visits to 12 schools in the district, interviews with nearly 200 students, teachers, principals, district administrators, school board members, parents and community members, and the review of more than 1,200 pieces of evidence.
After the review, KDE issued its report concluding that Caulk “has brought stability to the district,” highlighting dozens of accomplishments from the Blueprint for Student Success and affirming that the district has “capacity” to lead future improvements.
In fall 2018, the Kentucky Association for School Administrators named him 2019 Superintendent of the Year.
The back story
Before joining FCPS in August 2015, Caulk had served as superintendent of Portland Public Schools, Maine’s largest school district, since 2012. He previously was an assistant superintendent in the School District of Philadelphia, serving 167,000 students. He also was assistant regional superintendent and deputy chief for the office of instruction and leadership support, and was assistant superintendent for high schools of the 46,000-student East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
Caulk’s experience in education includes time spent as a special education teacher in a juvenile detention facility, an elementary principal, and a high school principal. He also practiced law, serving as an education law attorney and former assistant prosecutor for the state of New Jersey.
Caulk earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Delaware and a law degree from Widener University School of Law. He is completing his doctoral degree in education.
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Duties & responsibilities
The superintendent's duties are set forth in the Kentucky Revised Statutes and in the regulations of the State Board of Education. Among the responsibilities are overseeing personnel, financial aspects of the district, and the policies and regulations of Fayette County Public Schools.
Emmanuel Caulk, superintendent
Tanya Dailey, executive assistant
Phone: (859) 381-4100**
Fax: (859) 381-4303
Location: Room 101 at central office, 701 E. Main St.
Mailing address: 1126 Russell Cave Road, Lexington KY 40505
** For school-level issues, please contact your child's principal and then your chief of schools:
Lisa Deffendall, district spokeswoman
- Phone: (859) 381-4101 or 699-1441
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