The Fayette Education Foundation, which supports educational excellence in Fayette County Public Schools by promoting equity for all students, announces its board of directors and executive committee for the new fiscal year that began July 1, 2021.

The Executive Committee is as follows:

  • Chair: Jeff Koonce, Market President, WesBanco
  • Vice Chair: Dr. Rodney Jackson, Owner/Dentist, Pediatric Dentistry of Hamburg
  • Immediate Past Chair: Alan Stein, retired, LM Communications
  • Treasurer: Art Salomon, Owner, Salomon & Company• At Large: Herb Miller, retired, Columbia Gas of Kentucky
  • At Large: Mary Ann Vimont, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Kentucky
  • At Large: Latarika Young, Senior Manager, Quality and Compliance, Lexmark

The Fayette County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Demetrius Liggins, serves as an ex-officio member of the Foundation’s board of directors.

Four new community members have joined the Board of Directors for a one-year term:

  • Chris Ford, Commissioner of Social Services, LFUCG
  • DJ Geddes, VP and Director of Sales, Geddes Pool Company
  • Kim Parker-Brown, Professor and Teacher Education Chair, Midway University
  • Drew Rodriguez, UK Student and Catering Director, Pasta Garage

In addition, two Fayette County Public Schools students have joined the board:

  • Sara Falluji, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar HS
  • Natalia Gonzalez, a senior at Bryan Station HS


The YMCA of Central Kentucky welcomes Cierra Spaulding as the new Director of the Black Achievers program.

The Lexington Fire Department has a new education trailer that allows the department to teach fire safety to up to 30 kids at a time, which is almost three times as many as before. The trailer includes an active fire alarm and smoke demonstration. Students will then use the fire escape plan to make their way out. The fire safety trailer will visit schools all across Lexington throughout the year.


Gatton Explore is a one-day event at University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics that gives parents and students a chance to learn about the majors and programs offered on Friday, August 6 9 am to 4 pm. Open to students who have completed at least 9th grade.

The Small Town America Festival returns to Mount Sterling, Kentucky on Saturday, August 14 at 10 am until 4 pm. The Festival offers a day of fun for the entire family, including a car show, corn hole tournament, talent show, vendors, paint the small town, farmers market, 5K, health fair and kids area. Free admission. Presented by Mt. Sterling/Montgomery County Tourism and Community Trust Bank.

The 2021 Kids Triathlon, presented by White, Greer, Maggard Orthodontics, is Sunday, August 22 at 7:30 a.m. at the Beaumont YMCA. All children between the ages of 6 and 14 are invited to participate in the swim, run, and bike race.

The Lexington Children’s Theatre hosts a two-day LCT Family Festival on August 27 & 28.


The first day of school for Fayette County Public Schools is Wednesday, August 11.

New school year, new superintendent. Dr. Demetrus Liggins took on the role of superintendent for Fayette County Public Schools on July 26. He signed a four-year contract with FCPS.


First day of school, holiday breaks and closings, weather make-up days and more.

2021-22 Instructional Calendar

AUG 11 First Day of School for FCPS

AUG 20 No classes

SEP 6 Labor Day; schools/offices closed

OCT 7 & 8 Fall Break

NOV 2 Election Day; no classes

NOV 24-26 Thanksgiving Break

DEC 20 – Jan 3 Winter Break

JAN 4 Classes resume

JAN 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day; schools and offices closed

FEB 21 Presidents Day; schools and offices closed

MAR 18 No classes; possible weather make-up day

MAR 28 – APR 1 Spring Break

MAY 17 Election primaries; no classes



This article also appears on page 12 of the August 2021 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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