Preschool Morning Bus Change - November 21 & 22

Attention CCPS Preschool families: On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Clark County Public Schools will not be offering MORNING Bus service for the PRESCHOOL ONLY routes. We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to driver shortage, parents of preschool students will need to transport their students to school those mornings.

Preschool Bus transportation in the AFTERNOONS will proceed like normal on Monday and Tuesday.

One final note: This change is for students who ride the PRESCHOOL ONLY buses. If your Preschooler rides a regular bus (with non-Preschool students), he or she can ride that bus like normal.

Board of Education Special Meeting Notice: July 5

The Clark County Board of Education Special Meeting will be on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. The primary meeting will be held at Central Office at 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY.  Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference.  To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ at 6:30p.m., and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available soon after the meeting concludes and can be accessed on the same webpage.

The meeting is open to the public.

Board of Education Special Meeting Notice: July 11

The Clark County Board of Education Special Meeting will be on Monday, July 11, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. The primary meeting will be held at Central Office at 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY. Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference. To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ at 6:30p.m., and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available soon after the meeting concludes and can be accessed on the same webpage.

The meeting is open to the public.

Board of Education Special Meeting Notice: November 29

The Clark County Board of Education Special Meeting will be on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. The primary meeting will be held at Central Office at 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY.  Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference.  To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/​CCPSvideo/ at 6:30 p.m., and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available soon after the meeting concludes and can be accessed on the same webpage.

The meeting is open to the public.

Board of Education Regular Meeting Notice: November 22

The Clark County Board of Education will hold its Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Office Auditorium, 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY. Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference. To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ at 6:30 and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available on the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ a few hours after the meeting concludes. The meeting is open to the public.

Mrs. Julie Bonfield Hired as Chief Academic Officer / Assistant Superintendent

Mrs. Julie Bonfield has been named as the Chief Academic Officer/Assistant Superintendent for CCPS. She is currently completing her seventh year in Clark County as the Director of State and Federal Grants and District Assessment Coordinator. Previous roles held by Mrs. Bonfield include principal, assistant principal, elementary teacher, and curriculum coach at the elementary and middle school levels.

“I am honored to be selected as the Assistant Superintendent/CAO for Clark County Public Schools. As my role will change within our district, my focus will remain on serving and building relationships with our businesses community, families, students, and staff. Clark County Schools is filled with wonderful people, and I look forward to continuing our work together putting students first."

Julie Bonfield earned a Specialist in Education in Instructional Leadership, with a concentration in Supervisor of Instruction and School Principal, from Morehead State University. She completed her Superintendent certification from Eastern Kentucky University. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from Morehead State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Murray State University.

Superintendent Dr. Molly McComas is excited to have Mrs. Bonfield serve in this new role. “She is dedicated to high-quality practices that are aligned with the vision and mission for Clark County Public Schools," Dr. McComas said. "We are one community; one vision: life ready. Where every student matters. We join with our community to address the individual needs of students in a safe, caring environment so they are prepared for college, careers and life. I’m confident Mrs. Bonfield will stay committed to helping CCPS achieve a greater level of success. Mrs. Bonfield is student centered and leads with a growth mindset."

Julie Bonfield is married to Patrick. She is a boy mom. Baylor, Brooks, and Logan keep the Bonfields busy.

Please help us welcome and support Julie Bonfield as we strive for greatness through relationships.

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Mr. Dustin Howard Hired as Superintendent of Clark County Public Schools!

Clark County Public Schools is excited to announce that Mr. Dustin Howard has been appointed Superintendent of Clark County Public Schools! Mr. Howard most recently served the students of CCPS as Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer. Prior to CAO, Howard served as principal of Robert D. Campbell Junior High for eight years and the Phoenix Academy for two years.

Mr. Howard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Centre College, M.S. in Educational Psychologyfrom the University of Kentucky, M.A. in Instructional Leadership from EKU, a Specialist in Education Degree (Ed.S) from the University of Kentucky, and completed his Superintendent certification at Asbury University.

Howard and his wife Rachael have been married for 21 years. She is a Guidance Counselor at Henry Clay High School, and they have two children – Jones, a sophomore; and Bailey, a freshman; both at GRC.

Mr. Howard said, “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to lead the students, staff, and community of Clark County Public Schools. I’m a firm believer in giving our kids an opportunity for success in our school system and then beyond high school. I truly love this community and look forward to serving.”

Board chair Megan Hendricks said, “Mr. Dustin Howard has proven to be a great leader throughout his tenure with CCPS. His leadership skills are perfectly aligned with the needs of our district. His vision for CCPS and our community will take us to the next level.”

Mr. Howard will begin his appointment immediately.

Board of Education Regular Meeting Notice: August 23

The Clark County Board of Education will hold its Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Office Auditorium, 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY. Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference. To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ at 6:30 and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available on the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ the next day by 4:00 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public.

** CANCELED ** - Board of Education Special Meeting: August 24

NOTE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED.

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The Clark County Board of Education Special Meeting will be on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. The primary meeting will be held at Central Office at 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY.  Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference.  To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ at 6:00p.m., and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available soon after the meeting concludes and can be accessed on the same webpage.

The meeting is open to the public.

Dr. Elmer Thomas Hired as Interim Superintendent of Clark County Public Schools!

The entire Clark County Public Schools family is excited to welcome Dr. Elmer Thomas to our district!

Dr. Thomas is the current interim Superintendent of Clark County Public Schools. He has also previously served as Superintendent of Madison County Schools and as interim Superintendent of Danville Independent Schools. Under his leadership Madison County Schools became a distinguished district while he led the focus on mathematics, CCR, Dual Credit, and AP classes. He oversaw the transition from half day to full day kindergarten, the construction and opening of a new elementary school, and the major renovations of several other schools.

Prior to becoming superintendent, Dr. Thomas was principal of Madison Central High School in Richmond, where he took over after leading Boyle County High School in Danville. In 2011, he was Kentucky's 2011 Principal of the Year. Dr. Thomas has also served as a member of the Commissioner of Education's Local Superintendents' Advisory Council.

Dr. Thomas holds a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish, a Masters Degree in Reading, and a Rank I in Educational Administration. He holds an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

He and his wife Marla live in Richmond and have two adult children - Lauren, a healthcare attorney, and Matthew, a rising senior at UK.

Please join us in extending a very warm welcome to Dr. Elmer Thomas!

Board of Education Work Session Notice: September 27

A work session for the Clark County Board of Education has been called by the Board Chairperson, for September 27, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. to be held at Central Office, 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY. The work session will consist of training for board members on KSBA's eMeeting service. Discussion will be limited to the training and no official business will be acted upon.

Clark County Local Planning Committee Meeting Notice: September 29

The Local Planning Committee of the Clark County Public Schools will reconvene on September 29, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Clark County Board of Education, 1600 W. Lexington Ave.  The Local Planning Committee with be discussing possible amendments to the District Facility Plan.

Board of Education Regular Meeting Notice: September 27

The Clark County Board of Education will hold its Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Office Auditorium, 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY. Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference. To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ at 6:30 and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available on the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ the next day by 4:00 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public.

** CANCELED ** Board of Education Special Meeting: August 25

NOTE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED.

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The Clark County Board of Education Special Meeting will be on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. The primary meeting will be held at Central Office at 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY.  Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference.  To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ at 6:00p.m., and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available soon after the meeting concludes and can be accessed on the same webpage.

The meeting is open to the public.

Board of Education Special Meeting Notice: September 15

The Clark County Board of Education Special Meeting will be on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. The primary meeting will be held at Central Office at 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY.  Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference.

The meeting is open to the public.

Mrs. Beth Smith Hired as Secretary to the Superintendent

Clark County Public Schools would like to announce that Mrs. Beth Smith has been hired as the new Secretary to the Superintendent!

Mrs. Smith is excited to serve as Secretary to the Superintendent and as a member of the Central Office Staff. She began her career at CCPS as an instructional assistant in 1990. She worked in that capacity at Odell Gross Elementary, and upon its closing, at Strode Station Elementary. After leaving to work for a year at Toshiba in Frankfort, Mrs.Smith returned to the district as the computer lab assistant at Strode Station. Three years later she was hired as a district computer technician/trainer, where she had the honor of working with the entire staff of CCPS.

As a lifelong resident of Clark County and a graduate of GRC High School, she is thrilled to be a part of a new team and is expecting many more years of service to a district that she considers her heart and soul.

Mrs. Smith readily admits that during her 31 years with the district, she has been blessed to work with some great teams, and she is ready and eager for this new challenge.

In her time away from work, Beth enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and baking. She is also a licensed massage therapist.

"This district, community, staff, and our students are very important to me,” Mrs. Smith says. “It is an honor and a privilege to be a member of Superintendent Howard's team, and I am blessed to be involved in the new direction for Clark County Public Schools."

Please join us in congratulating Beth Smith!

Board of Education Special Meeting Notice: September 1

The Clark County Board of Education Special Meeting will be on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. The primary meeting will be held at Central Office at 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY.  Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference.

The meeting is open to the public.

Board of Education Special Meeting Notice: September 23

The Clark County Board of Education Special Meeting will be on Friday, September 23, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. The primary meeting will be held at George Rogers Clark High School, 2745 Boonesboro Road, Winchester, KY.

The meeting is open to the public.

Mrs. Jillian Blanton Hired as Principal of Clark County Preschool

Clark County Public Schools gladly welcomes Mrs. Jillian Blanton as principal of the Clark County Preschool! Mrs. Blanton has 14 years of tenure with the Preschool in various roles. For the past two years, she has served as the District Facilitator representing the Clark County Preschool population. Mrs. Blanton has gained extensive knowledge and experience while building invaluable relationships over the last decade. She is currently enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University, pursuing her Rank 1 in School Leadership. She received her Master of Arts in Special Education and has Bachelor's Degrees in Child and Family Studies and in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, both from Eastern Kentucky University.

“I am ecstatic and honored to serve as the next principal of Clark County Preschool," stated Mrs. Blanton. "It has been my dream to serve the Preschool in this capacity. I am a lifelong resident of Clark County and am grateful to serve the students, families, staff, and community. We will continue to develop the solid foundation that Clark County Preschool has established. I am dedicated to leading the Clark County Preschool to be recognized in Kentucky as a high-quality, rigorous program of excellence.”

Mrs. Blanton and her husband, Charlie, reside in Clark County. Between them, they have two daughters, Autumn Brinegar and Winter Brinegar, and a son, Hagan Blanton.

Please join us in supporting and encouraging Mrs. Blanton in her new role!

Baker Hosting Internet Safety Class for Parents and Guardians on September 13
Cyber Eyes safety class

The Baker Intermediate Family Resource Center will host Cyber Eyes: Internet Safety Class for parents and guardians on Tuesday, September 13th, at 5:00 PM at Baker Intermediate School.  Det. Steve Charles of the Winchester Police Department will present the hidden dangers of the internet and phone apps and how you can safeguard your children from them. We hope to see you there! Reserve your spot today!

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CCPS Superintendent Vacancy

Clark County (est. 5,350 Pk-12) www.clark.kyschools.us

The Clark County Board of Education is seeking an innovative and motivational leader with strong proven leadership and a record of improving student achievement as its next superintendent. The successful candidate should have administrative experience and be an instructional leader who is committed to college and career readiness. It is important for the candidate to have the ability to effectively communicate with the staff and community to achieve district goals, as well as be visible in the community. The candidate should possess strong morals and ethics. Knowledge of budgeting, school finances, buildings and grounds, along with working knowledge of the Kentucky Education System are required.

Clark County was created in 1792 from Bourbon and Fayette counties and named for Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark. The county seat is Winchester and is located near Lexington off I-64 East. The district has outstanding educational opportunities for students as well as state of the art facilities.

The salary will be negotiable with the contract to begin no later than Oct 1, 2022.

To apply, go to the KSBA’s website; www.ksba.org click on the Superintendent Search tab, KSBA current searches, under the ad you will find the link to apply for this search.

Application deadline is August 26, 2022.

Kindergarten Registration Begins March 21
Kindergarten Registration Flyer

For more information, please call our Central Office at 859-744-4545.

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Board of Education Special Meeting Notice: September 12

The Clark County Board of Education Special Meeting will be on Monday, September 12, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. The primary meeting will be held at Central Office at 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY.  Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference.

To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/at 6:30 p.m., and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available soon after the meeting concludes and can be accessed on the same webpage.

The meeting is open to the public.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Appointment to the CCPS Board of Education

You are invited to nominate yourself or a qualified acquaintance to serve the Second District on the Clark County Board of Education!

To view an extremely informative advertisement about this position, please click here.

To access the Cover Letter and Application for this position, please click here.

Applications must be postmarked by September 26, 2022.

The Kentucky Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.

Board of Education Work Session Notice: November 22

A work session for the Clark County Board of Education has been called by the Vice Chairperson, for November 22, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. to be held at Central Office, 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY. The work session will consist of training for board members on KSBA's eMeeting service. Discussion will be limited to the training and no official business will be acted upon.

**CANCELLED** Board of Education Special Meeting Notice: November 9

The Clark County Board of Education Special Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, 2022, has been cancelled.

Mr. Sylan Drake-Mayes Hired as District and Community Relations Coordinator

Clark County Public Schools would like to welcome our new District and Community Relations Coordinator, Sylan-Drake Mayes! As a George Rogers Clark High School graduate, Mr. Mayes has had a very successful academic and football career

Mr. Mayes moved to Clark County with his mother and brothers when he was in middle school. Since leaving high school he has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis. He currently coaches the defensive line for the GRC football team. As District and Community Relations Coordinator, he will be coordinating our adult education programs as well

“My focus is to communicate with all stakeholders and empower the community to assist in making the changes that everyone envisions for Clark County," Mr. Mayes says. "For CCPS to effectively serve our community, we must listen to them and provide our greatest assets with the resources they need to be fruitful citizens. I think we all recognize that the growth and future of Clark County is in the hands of our students and the families raising them. I am excited to be a catalyst in this process and era of change.

CCPS is looking forward to having Mr. Mayes on staff and supporting him in his endeavor to enrich the collaboration between our schools and our community!

Board of Education Regular Meeting Notice: August 2

The Clark County Board of Education Special Meeting will be on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. The primary meeting will be held at Central Office at 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY.  Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference.  To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ at 6:30 p.m., and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available soon after the meeting concludes and can be accessed on the same webpage.

The meeting is open to the public.

Board of Education Regular Meeting Notice: July 26

The Clark County Board of Education will hold its Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Office Auditorium, 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY. Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference. To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo at 6:30 and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available on the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ the next day by 4:00 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public.

Mrs. Kelly Fithen Hired as CAO/Assistant Superintendent

Clark County Public Schools would like to announce that Mrs. Kelly Goodpaster Fithen has been selected as the new Chief Academic Officer / Assistant Superintendent for our district!

Mrs. Fithen, a native Clark Countian, is in her 20th year of service with the Clark County School System and is beyond excited to further support education in her hometown. “I am fully committed to leading Clark County into the next phase of excellence,” she expressed.

Her teaching experience includes middle school Language Arts and a variety of math courses at George Rogers Clark High School. Mrs. Fithen served as an Assistant Principal at Strode Station Elementary for three years and a District Instructional Specialist for one year. Most recently, she served as the district's Director of Federal and State Grants and District Assessment Coordinator.

Mrs. Fithen received her Bachelor of Science in Education with Language Arts Endorsements, grades 5-9, and Mathematics, grades 5-12, from Eastern Kentucky University. She continued her education at EKU, receiving her Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership, obtaining her principal certification. She furthered her education and received her Rank One in Instructional Leadership with endorsements in Instructional Leadership Supervisor of Instruction, Director of Pupil Personnel, and Superintendency Certification.

Mrs. Fithen and her family reside in Clark County. She and her husband, Kenneth, have 3 children, Cole (7th Grade), Cade (5th Grade), and Kenley (Kindergarten).

Mrs. Fithen is proud to pour back into the community where she grew up.

Congratulations, Mrs. Fithen!

CCPS Board of Education Report: July 26, 2022

Clark County Board of Education Prepares for Superintendent Search

The Clark County Board of Education (CCPS) voted to select the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) to conduct the search for the next superintendent.  The vacancy will immediately be posted with an anticipated fill date of late September or early October.

Tim Eaton of KSBA said, “There are a few steps that must take place to fill the vacancy.  We’ll advertise the position for about 30 days, put together the screening committee that must be organized according to statute, and then work through the process to provide the board with the best candidates to interview for the position.”

Board member Ritchie said that KSBA stands out because “they work for school boards, and I have worked with them previously on searches and with our Local Planning Committee.”  Member Richardson commented on the confidence the board has in KSBA.  “KSBA is the school board organization and they have vast experience working with boards and understand the superintendent search process.”

The screening committee will consist of two teachers, one classified employee, one principal, one parent, and one board member.

Additionally, the board opened the lone bid for a forensic audit.  Board Chair Hendricks said, “This is a housekeeping measure to verify everything is done correctly.”  Board member Taulbee said, “This is an opportunity as we come to new leadership to look across the board to see where we are.  We want to guard the public’s money and interest in keep that in place and make sure the district is running as efficiently as possible.”

Other items the board approved in addition to regular consent and finance business:

·Added three additional days to parent notes in accordance with HB 44 that recently passed the general assembly

·Continued student accident insurance with Roberts Insurance at the same rate as the 21-22 school year

·Approved the 22-23 stipend schedule along with revisions to the salary schedule

·Approved district school handbooks

·Approved the transportation handbook

·Approved the Phoenix Academy handbook

·Approved the district crisis management plan

·Approved employee and substitute teacher handbooks

·Approved the classified and administrative classified evaluation plan

·Approved the certified evaluation plan

Board of Education Regular Meeting Notice: October 25

The Clark County Board of Education will hold its Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Office Auditorium, 1600 West Lexington Avenue, Winchester, KY. Some board members may be attending via Google Meet online videoconference. To view this meeting live, visit the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ at 6:30 and click the Live Now button. A recorded version of the meeting will be available on the CCPS YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CCPSvideo/ the next day by 4:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.