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Bevin Calls for a Recanvass of Votes

Bevin Calls for a Recanvass of Votes

November 7, 2019

The whole nation watched as the Kentucky Gubernatorial Election was happening on Nov. 5. Exceeding the Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' prediction, 42 percent of registered voters cast a ballot--the state’s largest voter turnout since the election in 1995. This is a large increase from the 2014 election which elected Matt Bevin with only a 30 percent voter turnout.  The race between Republican Matt B...

Four Plastic Items to Stop Using Right Now

Four Plastic Items to Stop Using Right Now

November 4, 2019

A majority of the plastic produced by humans ends up as litter or can be found in a landfill. According to Environmental Health News, plastic humans rely on can have detrimental health effects. Chemicals are often added to these plastics that are harmful to people. Some of these chemicals have been found to cause a change in hormones.  Even though plastics have an immense amount of negative impacts, they are still consta...

Whooping Cough Case Confirmed at Dunbar

Whooping Cough Case Confirmed at Dunbar

October 1, 2019

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a rare and highly contagious bacterial respiratory tract infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are fewer than 200,000 cases per year. It spreads easily through airborne droplets from a cough or a sneeze, through saliva or even through a handshake or hug. Mia Williams, an epidemiologist from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, issued a letter...

The Process of Impeachment

The Process of Impeachment

September 30, 2019

Since the beginning of the Trump administration, there has been scandal after scandal, but the most recent may be the most devastating. On Sept. 13, 2019, House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff announced he would be subpoenaing the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire. Adam Schiff revealed the acting D.N.I. did not inform Congress of an “urgent” whistle-blower complaint, w...

“Know the Signs” Campaign

“Know the Signs” Campaign

September 21, 2019

On Sept. 18, 2019, a Public Service Announcement by the Sandy Hook Promise debuted on the TODAY show. In the PSA entitled "Back to School Essentials," students were depicted using ordinary "back-to-school supplies" such as jackets, colored pencils, socks, and scissors as defense tools in an active school shooter situation. The PSA was used as part of the "Know the Signs" campaign by Sandy Hook Promise. Sandy Hook Promise is a national...

Overcrowding Creates Schedule Changes

Overcrowding Creates Schedule Changes

September 16, 2019

Students and faculty were unexpectedly affected by a large number of those enrolled at Dunbar this year. “On day one we had approximately 1,975 students enrolled and ready to start. Over the course of the first few weeks of school, enrollment fluctuates due to students enrolling and withdrawing. As of [Sept. 11], we have 1,993 students enrolled,” registrar Ms. Michelle Ginn said. The distric...

No Unaccompanied Minors at Games

No Unaccompanied Minors at Games

September 11, 2019

An unexpected incident took place during the fourth quarter of the Bryan Station v. Frederick Douglass football game on Aug. 23. Apparently, “unaccompanied minor students” inaccurately claimed that someone at the stadium had a gun. This false claim caused a panic, so Superintendent Manny Caulk was quick to provide a response. Taking effect on Sept. 6, the following changes were made in order to ...

Dunbar’s New Phone Policy

September 9, 2019

With less distraction from cell phones, teachers say students are more motivated and more engaged.

Superintendent Says KY Schools Threat Unsubstantiated

Superintendent Says KY Schools Threat Unsubstantiated

August 27, 2019

Superintendent Manny Caulk sent a letter to parents and guardians on Aug. 27 stating that FCPS has been advised of an unsubstantiated threat of violence at an unnamed school in Kentucky. He stated that the FBI has investigated the situation and found no evidence to suggest the threat is credible. The post refers to a threat that occurred in a gaming chat room which was reported to FBI Little Rock from an in...

State of the Schools Address

State of the Schools Address

August 19, 2019

Fayette County Public Schools educators, administrators, students and parents gathered at the Lexington Convention Center to receive the 2018-2019 annual report, equipped with statistics and achievements from the past school year.  Upon entering the convention center, educators were greeted by student ambassadors from Bryan Station, Frederick Douglass, and Tates Creek High Schools. Each was given a...

In God We Trust

In God We Trust

August 16, 2019

Kentucky lawmakers required all Kentucky public schools to display the phrase "In God We Trust" in a visible area. Signs were required to be up by the time school started on Aug. 14, so many school districts had to figure out how to comply with the law. According to FCPS Superintendent Manny Caulk, "Like every school district in the Commonwealth, Fayette County Public Schools has complied with the...