Candidate Admits Urban Experience Limited

With topics ranging from parental involvement to school testing to teacher accountability, Jessamine County School superintendent Lu Young met with the Fayette County community Tuesday. The 51-year-old is a finalist to replace Stu Silberman, who is retiring from FCPS. At last night's public forum, Young recognized that moving from Jessamine County to a larger district would be a challenge.

"We're the 16th largest district in the state, but that just means 12 schools and 7,800 students. But we have done a lot of good work in the community and I'm proud of that."

Young doesn't have a lot of experience with issues of diversity, but she said it is an important goal her school board is addressing, especially at the teacher level.

"We need to sincerely value the diversity that a staff can bring. And so I think that's going to take us to perhaps a grow your own teacher' model where we begin looking at young people and saying this is a really important field and it could be just the right ticket for you if you'd be interested in going into education."

Young also spent Tuesday meeting with stakeholder groups and touring some of the Fayette County public schools district.

Two other candidates, Daviess County superintendent Tom Shelton and Clark County superintendent Elaine Farris, will follow the same schedule today and Thursday.