Local/Regional News
3:21 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

FCPS Innovations Showcased

LEXINGTON, KY-- Fayette County Public Schools played host to a large group of state principals, superintendents, and other administrators earlier today.

The group is part of "Kentucky Leads the Nation" an organization that highlights innovation in schools across the Commonwealth.  It has hosted visits to several different school districts, and today, it was Fayette County Schools.  Led by Fayette County Superintendent Tom Shelton, the administrators toured schools around Lexington.  One was Picadome Elementary School, which showcased its world language program. 

Boone County Superintendent  Randy Poe, who visited the school,  said that "from K through 5, they could speak fluent in Japanese, learning their numbers, and the fifth graders were actually carrying on a conversation.”

Another site was the Locust Trace AgriScience Farm, which student Rebecca Hall says has improved its environmental efficiency. 

“We are a net-zero facility, we create our own energy.  All of our water is used on the school and everything is created through our school," she said.

Hall added that the energy comes from roof mounted solar panels, which also heat locally collected rainwater. 

After these site visits, the administrators headed to  Consolidated Baptist Church for lunch.  Once there, they held a roundtable discussion on how to foster further innovation across the state.