Fayette Partnership for Progress Begins

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Photo of Stu Silberman and Lee T. Todd Jr.
(l-r) Stu Silberman, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent, and UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.

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"The University of Kentucky is excited to be playing a key role in this important partnership. Inside the walls of schools such as The Academy lies the future of this community, this state and this country. We will raise student achievement in Fayette County one child, one life at a time."

-- Lee T. Todd Jr,
president,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2004) -- Studies show that regardless of socioeconomic status, all children can learn well if they have access to programs that enhance their educational opportunities. Today, administrators from the University of Kentucky and the Fayette County Public Schools announced an exciting new partnership to raise student achievement.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our kids,” said Stu Silberman, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent. “Thanks to the University of Kentucky, more of our kids will have access to learning enhancers like music, foreign language and health care services.”

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. and UK College of Education Dean James Cibulka were among those who attended the news conference at The Academy at Lexington.

"The University of Kentucky is excited to be playing a key role in this important partnership,” Todd said. “ Inside the walls of schools such as The Academy lies the future of this community, this state and this country. We will raise student achievement in Fayette County one child, one life at a time."

“The College of Education welcomes this opportunity to work closely with the Fayette County Public Schools, the One Community One Voice Committee, and our colleagues at UK in this Great Schools Initiative,” Cibulka said. “Working together we can, and must, raise student achievement."

UK Provost Michael T. Nietzel also spoke at the news conference. His office will closely monitor student progress and make adjustments to the program as needed.

"This partnership between the University of Kentucky and the Fayette County Public Schools is a vivid demonstration of the difference a research university can and should make in the life of a community,” Nietzel said. “Our faculty and staff look forward to the chance to work with our colleagues in the local schools with the goal of making this demonstration be a model that others will emulate."

The first phase of the program will focus on two schools, the Academy at Lexington and Booker T. Washington Elementary School. The long-range goal is to replicate the program in other Fayette County elementary schools.


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