LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Fayette County Board of Education approved a $579.9 million budget Monday.
According to the district, the budget includes investments to “ensure that a student’s demography does not determine his or her destiny.”
“Developing a school district budget goes beyond juggling numbers to balance revenue and expenses,” said Superintendent Manny Caulk. “The budget is a reflection of our community’s hopes, dreams, and values about the future, about our children and the possibility of a better tomorrow. Our budget for 2019-2020 invests in our children and our employees.”
The budget includes:
- Hiring more teachers to serve students with special needs, students whose home language is not English, and students who have been identified as gifted and talented. This is the fourth year of continued expansion of staffing in these critically important areas, bring the total to 45 more teachers working with children.
- Purchasing a comprehensive science curriculum for elementary and middle schools.
- Expanding the district’s partnership with Fayette County Education Association to support staff through the New Teacher Induction program and to increase the number of Nationally Board Certified Teachers.
- Reinstating the summer paint crew.
- Adding costs for a 37th elementary school when Brenda Cowan Elementary School opens in the fall of 2019.
- Deepening the district’s work around culturally responsive teaching and learning with a focus on implicit bias.
- Growing mentoring programs and other proven strategies to support the success of boys of color previously supported by a grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.
- Continuing efforts to reimagine the district’s middle schools, and transform its high schools in partnership with Commerce Lexington.
- Strengthening school climate culture by hiring additional Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) coaches to work specifically with middle and high schools to ensure consistent adoption and provide embedded professional learning and increasing the number of individuals trained in the restorative practices.
“I believe these are the right investments based on our Strategic Plan, based on the areas of improvement identified for our schools identified by the state for Comprehensive Support and Improvement, and based on where we want to go as a district,” Caulk said. “In Fayette County, excellence is the expectation and equity is at the heart of our work.”