LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The superintendent for Fayette County Public Schools says the district has hit an enrollment record, with almost 43,000 students attending school in the district for the 2019-20 school year.
Superintendent Manny Caulk says that is an increase of at least 650 students from last year.
Caulk sent out a statement for the start of the new school year, outlining steps the district has taken to make students safer and touting the district’s accomplishments over the past few years.
According to Caulk, among the district’s accomplishments:
* 60 more teachers hired to work with students who have special needs, students who have been identified as gifted and talented, and students whose home language is not English
* 21 students from the 2018-2019 graduating class had perfect scores on the SAT – five times the national rate
* 30 percent of Kentucky’s National Merit Semi-Finalists last school year attended Fayette County Public Schools
* Students in every grade level K through eight scored higher than the national average in both reading and math.
Caulk also outlined the new safety measures taken by the district:
* Hiring 24 additional police officers
* Hiring 29 additional mental health professionals
* Installation of 1,700 exterior door alarms, 761 security cameras, 72 camera recorders, and electronic door access points at 23 schools
* Installation of 46 walk-through metal detectors at four high schools
* Issued photo ID badges to all middle and high school students, employees and contractors
* Added a full-time nurse in every high school
“Your support and advocacy also made it possible to invest $13.3 million in making our schools the safest place in our communities for students and those who educate them,” Caulk said in the statement.