Cancer has not spread, schools chief says

Manny Caulk started as Fayette County school superintendent in August.
Manny Caulk started as Fayette County school superintendent in August. Herald-Leader

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk, who underwent surgery last week to remove a malignant tumor from his sinus cavity, gave students' families more detail about his health in a letter Monday.

"Tests have confirmed that there was no spread elsewhere in my body," Caulk said. Surgeons were able to completely remove the tumor, he said.

Caulk said thanks to the people at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, "my surgery last week was a success and I am making incredible progress each day."

"Truly, this has been a blessing in the Bluegrass. My wife, Christol, and my mother-in-law, Mary, have been by my side the entire time, and I expect to make a full recovery," he wrote. "I think I'm driving them a little crazy because I keep talking about work.

"My progress has been steady and speedy, and I will do my best to work during my treatments and stay involved in the daily operations of the school district."

Since moving to Lexington in August to take the superintendent post, Caulk has experienced severe allergy problems, which led him to confer with several specialists.

He announced two weeks ago that he would undergo sinus surgery.

School board chairman John Price told the Herald-Leader that he spoke to Caulk on Monday and that Caulk remained on track to unveil an action plan for the district in February.

Price, who has remained on the board while being treated for leukemia for the last two years, said Caulk had the full backing of the board.

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