Fayette Co. superintendent talks about shortages and safety


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The superintendent of Fayette County public schools reviewed the districts accomplishments and plans for the future at the annual ‘State of the Schools’ address Wednesday morning.

Superintendent Manny Caulk covered several topics including how the district is growing and in his own words is becoming “a minority, majority.” He explains it means the schools are becoming more diverse.

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Teacher shortages have been an issue in the state including in Fayette County.

According to the Department of Education, there’s been about 2,000 teacher positions open since April in the state. Those positions are currently being filled. Superintendent Caulk says the district is trying to fill less than 20 positions is making offers to potential teachers.

In addition, the county is also full staff on bus drivers.

Superintendent Caulk said school safety is a priority.

In the last year, Fayette County public schools added 24 additional police officers.

It’s also hired 29 additional mental health professionals, installed 46 walk through metal detectors at four high schools, and issued photo ID badges to all middle and high school students, employees, and contractors.

Superintendent Caulk wrapped up saying it was a successful year and he hopes to continue the good work.