LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) During the State of the Schools address by Superintendent Manny Caulk Wednesday, school safety was one of the many topics he addressed.
Superintendent Manny Caulk discussed this year’s graduates, the largest graduating class to date in Fayette County. These students had 16 perfect ACT scores, which is six times the national rate.
Caulk said that in the past year, they have put more than $2 million towards improved education for special needs students.
He also applauded them for having the High School Teacher of the Year for the state of Kentucky. Caulk addressed the district’s focus on ensuring that every Fayette County neighborhood has a safe school.
In addition, he spoke about what the Fayette County students will lose, should the school safety tax get recalled.
"Whether or not that threat can happen here…that question has been answered time, and time, and time again in our community," said Caulk. "As a community, what’s the price that we’re willing to pay?"
"There’s a cost, right. There’s a cost of doing something but there’s also a cost that’s unquantifiable. And that’s the cost of doing nothing. And that’s a cost our community simply cannot afford," he said.
Metal detectors were added at the end of last year, as well as the S.T.O.P tipline.
In addition, greeters in the 24 schools that do not have secured vestibules will be present at the start of school.
You can read the annual report below: