FCPS subpoenaed over teacher absences

Fayette County Public Schools

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County Public Schools says it has received a subpoena from Governor Matt Bevin’s administration over teacher sickouts.

Fayette is the fifth district to be subpoenaed over teacher absences, joining Madison, Oldham, Jefferson and Bullitt County school systems.

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Teachers staged the sickout to protest at the Capitol as lawmakers considered proposals to the teachers’ pension fund.

Fayette County Public School spokesperson Lisa Deffendall released a statement Thursday afternoon in response to the subpoena.

“Our school district has received the subpoena and not yet reviewed it. We believe the guidance and leadership provided by Commissioner Lewis has sufficiently addressed any concerns. As Superintendent Caulk has previously told the committed men and women who work in the Fayette County Public Schools, we are confident that no adverse action can legally be taken against any of our employees. If any such action is attempted, the district will take legal steps to vociferously defend them. In FCPS we remain focused on what’s most important – working with our partners at the Kentucky Department of Education to ensure that all students achieve at high levels and graduate prepared to excel in a global society.”