LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2021) — University of Kentucky alumna and Associate General Counsel Thalethia Routt has been appointed to the Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) superintendent search committee.
Routt plans to continue the district’s momentum in the realm of diversity, ensuring that every cross section of the community is considered during this process.
“One of my goals is to make sure I solicit input from all areas,” she said. “I want to make sure that there’s a voice for the children in every socioeconomic group, the magnet programs, various activities and those whose first language is something other than English.”
She was nominated to be the parent representative for the six-person search committee, having experience with a son and daughter in the school system. The committee also includes a teacher representative, a classified representative, principal representative and board member.
“I would love for every kid to be able to have the opportunities that my kids have and have had,” she shared. “I want to be able to provide a voice for the voiceless. Just because a parent doesn’t speak up, doesn’t mean they don’t care. They may not know how to speak up or they may not know that they can.”
Throughout the district’s transition to virtual learning this past year, Routt has observed firsthand the dedication and creativity of FCPS educators.
“Having my son home attending high school virtually, I can see and appreciate what these teachers go through every day,” Routt said. “There’s not enough good that I can say about these teachers. The good ones have risen even higher in the ranks and it’s amazing. This is new for everybody and they have been very engaging.”
Routt recognizes the impact that educators have on their students, and the community as a whole.
“The teachers have been phenomenal, and I don’t think they get the credit they deserve. When you walk into the school doors, those teachers care about those kids as if they were their own and they make sure every kid is able to be their best,” she said.
A graduate of the UK College of Law, now the J. David Rosenberg College of Law, Routt has more than 20 years of legal experience in private practice and the public sector. During her time at UK as a law student, Routt was involved with Trial Advocacy Board, the Student Bar Association, and Black Law Students Association (BLSA).
She is eager to use the skills she acquired during law school, as well as her career experience, to use toward helping the community.
“My law school education at the University of Kentucky taught me how to always find a solution to a problem,” Routt said.
Routt currently serves as associate general counsel for the Finance and Administration Group within the university’s Office of Legal Counsel. She also serves on the university’s Equal Opportunity Committee.
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