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For first time in 25 years, all Fayette schools to get new reading books

Warehouse employee Joshua Gaines put bar codes on new books at the Fayette County Schools warehouse, 1126 Russell Cave Road in Lexington.
Warehouse employee Joshua Gaines put bar codes on new books at the Fayette County Schools warehouse, 1126 Russell Cave Road in Lexington. cbertram@herald-leader.com

For the first time in at least 25 years, students in every elementary, middle and high school in Fayette County Public Schools will have access to the same English language arts materials when school begins this fall.

Some schools in the district have been able to purchase new books in the past, but not all.

“A $6.4 million investment in a shared curriculum will place textbooks and supplemental instructional resources in every K-12 classroom across the community,” district spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said.

At the elementary level, the curriculum is called Wonders and at the middle and high school level, the curriculum is called Collections. Both feature a multi-faceted digital and print approach to instruction.

Textbook delivery to schools began last week. Professional learning for teachers and principals has been on-going throughout the summer and will continue this week with sessions during the Superintendent’s Leadership Institute and in two weeks during the district’s first teaching and learning conference open to educators from every school in the district, Deffendall said.

Fayette County public schools Superintendent Emmanuel "Manny" Caulk discusses improvements and changes seen in the past few years in a State of the Schools address at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears

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