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Principal Selected For New Elementary School In Fayette Co.

Posted at 4:06 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 16:06:42-05
Fayette County Public Schools

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Superintendent Manny Caulk has announced the principal of Fayette County’s newest elementary school off Athens- Boonesboro Road.

Josh Williams has 13 years of experience in education and started his career teaching world history and government at Lafayette High School. He served as a principal intern in Fayette County Public Schools and served for a year as director of students and student life and Madison Southern High School.

He spent a year as assistant principal at Camp Taylor Elementary and four years as principal of Watson Lane Elementary School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Georgetown College, and a master’s degree in educational leadership as well as his superintendent’s certification from Eastern Kentucky University. He will complete his doctorate at EKU in 2019.

“With this new elementary school, we really want to focus on infusing the arts into the curriculum and
providing students with the opportunity to learn thru the lens of arts,” Williams said. “Our goal will be to
provide opportunities for students to learn in different ways – through movement, through expression,
through sound and rhythm – so that they are able to verbally express and articulate the things that
they’re doing and the things that they’re learning.”

The walls of the new school are not yet complete.

Williams tells LEX 18 that he knows what he wants to see when the school opens in the fall of 2019.

“When you walk into our building, students will be actively engaged in the learning process,” he said.
“We will incorporate the pillars of global competency, where students have the opportunity to explore
the world around them and how they can understand and appreciate different points of view and
different cultures. We want them to be prepared to act on what they see and to be able make a

Josh and his wife, Meocha Williams, who is the principal of Scott County High School, have two dogs
named Simba and Dakota. Mr. Williams will start in his new position on January 2, 2019, when FCPS staff
return from winter break.