LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Friday, Doctor Demetrus Liggins was chosen by the Fayette County Board of Education to be the next superintendent for
Fayette County Public Schools.
Currently, Liggins is the superintendent in a small district outside Dallas, Texas.
Before taking on that role, Liggins was a Spanish teacher, an assistant principal and an elementary middle and high school principal.
At the start of this past week, Liggins was one of five finalists who qualified for the position.
The hunt for the right candidate came after the sudden death of former Superintendent Manny Caulk in early December.
Liggins says he didn’t know Caulk personally, but he knows he has some big “dress shoes” to fill.
“I believe that a school system is the heart of a community and so to be chosen as the leader of this school system, I realize the weight that was placed on my shoulders to make sure the heartbeat of the community continues in a very positive manner,” says Liggins.
Liggins says his first priority would be getting schools back to normal as we transition out of the pandemic.
He says he’s excited to get to know the families he’ll be working with and for.
Liggins also says he wants to continue Caulk’s work helping students of all backgrounds perform better academically.
“I want us to be paying very close attention to ensure that students regardless of their backgrounds have opportunities to excel and reach their wildest dreams,” says Liggins.
The Fayette County Board of Education says the next step is contract negotiations with Liggins.
Before he starts with Fayette County Public Schools, he says he wants to help find the right leader for his current district before leaving and before calling Lexington, home.
The district hopes to have Liggins in place by the start of the next school year in August.
Liggins says he’ll start with a listening and learning tour to get to know families and staff.