LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Wednesday, the community had their one opportunity to meet in person with the five finalists for Fayette County Public Schools superintendent.
The five candidates come from school districts all over the country and after taking part in virtual forums last week, they were all in town for the meet and greet Wednesday night.
It was also the opportunity for the five finalists to make their last pitch before the Board of Education makes their decision.
“I have experience in a large urban district very similar to Fayette County,” said candidate Angela Dominguez when asked what made her right for the job. “I’ve gotten traction and results in schools that are very similar to the schools that you have here in the district and I know what it takes to turn things around.”
“I just found this sense of alignment and purpose, and in focus from everything from your vision and mission statements to your inclusion to your diversity, equity, and inclusion goals,” Dr. Christopher Bernier said. “It’s just a phenomenal opportunity to take some of the work that I’ve been doing in different school systems and bring it here.”
This was the chance for parents, students, and others in the community to ask the five finalists their own questions or follow up with them on questions asked in the forums.
One parent was heard asking the candidates where they stood on having resource officers in schools. Some students asked about mental health. Regrouping after a year of pandemic learning was also asked about.
“I am very appreciative to hear from the families,” said Dr. Tawana Grover. “It allows me to make sure that I craft my entry plan in such a way that we are able to address the diversity, equity, and inclusion along with all the communication, as well as overcome in the pain points of the pandemic.”
“The fact that we have kids here talking about equity issues excites me,” answered Dr. Melvin Brown when asked about conversations he had with students. “That means they understand what’s happening, they care about their fellow students, they care about each other and they want to see everyone be able to succeed.”
“I had a lot of individual conversations with parents and their concern with the COVID slide and how the school year has impacted their students,” said Dr. Demetrus Liggins. “So I really had a lot of meaningful conversations as to how that could be impacted and what we will be doing moving forward as a district under my leadership in order to ensure that our students are caught up.”
The district has been asking for feedback from the community before making a final decision which could be made as soon as Thursday.
A survey to give feedback is open right now on the district’s website. It will close at midnight on June 2.