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A Closer Look at the Web Site Redesign

October 20, 2017

Along with all other schools in the district, Dunbar’s school website has been updated. “It was a district mandate that we change our website,” said Mrs. Kim Overstreet, a technology research teacher and the webmaster at Dunbar. Using a template set up by an overseer from Fayette County Public Schools, webmasters gathered during the summer to start to make this change. “We were tra...

New High School in Lexington To Open This Fall

New High School in Lexington To Open This Fall

January 16, 2017

This fall, Frederick Douglass High School will open its doors to Lexington students as the sixth high school in Fayette County. The new campus is located on Winchester Road in the current Bryan Station district. “It’s really cool to be able to watch a new high school develop while we’re still in high school because it’s like we’re being included in part of the discussion," said Dunb...

District Says No to Snow Day Make Up Work

District Says No to Snow Day Make Up Work

January 6, 2017

Our first snow day may be here, but the issue of how Fayette County – and Dunbar – will handle missed assignments has been decided. During the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, House Bill 211 was passed and signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear. Since then, individual districts can choose whether or not to implement the Kentucky Department of Education program. At a ...

Superintendent Visits Dunbar Class

March 4, 2016

On Mar. 2, FCPS Superintendent Manny Caulk visited Mrs. Wendy Turner's B1 Senior English class to discuss their reading of Amanda Ripley's book, The Smartest Kids in the World. Superintendent Caulk will be hosting this title in his inaugural book club, a project he brought with him from his previous post in Portland, Maine. He invites not only students and faculty, but also community members, to disc...

Anti-Bullying Rally Encourages Students to Eliminate Bullying

Anti-Bullying Rally Encourages Students to Eliminate Bullying

September 10, 2015

Ask any student who walks the halls at Dunbar. They have all either witnessed bullying firsthand, been a bully, or been bullied by a peer if they aren’t being bullied right now. This is an issue that is prevalent in our schools from the first day of kindergarten to the last day of senior year, and Fayette County is one of the major school systems trying to make a difference. Dennis a...

End-of-Year Schedule Updated by School Board

End-of-Year Schedule Updated by School Board

March 27, 2015

Because we missed seven full days of school and six hours due to delays this winter, the Fayette County Board of Education voted to add 30 minutes to the end of the school day starting April 20. This means that dismissal time for Paul Laurence Dunbar High School will be 3:45 p.m. from April 20-May 29. Under state law, we are required to attend school for a minimum of 1,062 hours each year and ha...

FCPS Interim Superintendent at the Helm

March 13, 2015

With Dr. Tom Shelton’s resignation in November 2014, a new interim superintendent, Dr. Marlene Helm, has been appointed as of Dec. 4, 2014. This is Dr. Helm’s second time acting as interim superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools in the past decade, so she is no stranger to how FCPS works. She said that she enjoyed being back in Fayette County. “I love working with good and caring...

FCPS Budget Cuts

Brandon Bell, Staff Reporter

April 24, 2014

Fayette County Public Schools is facing a round of budget cuts for the 2014-2015 school year. Although it does not appear to entail teacher or staff layoffs, it is expected to affect hiring and working hours in the district. The problem, according to school officials on the FCPS website, concerns grants the district received several years ago. When the school system ran out of grant funds for certain positions or initiatives, it decided to pay for them with its own budget. However, the funds that have been directed to these positions and initiatives have run out. “It took seven years to get to this point,” Superintendent...