Fayette Co. School Board approves new superintendent’s contract

Fayette Co. School Board approves new superintendent’s contract
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 9:49 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Fayette County Board of Education approved a four-year contract for new Superintendent Dr. Demetrus Liggins. He was named the new superintendent two weeks ago after a five-month long search.

The board unanimously approved the contract Thursday night with a base salary of $275,000.

According to our partners at the Lexington Herald-Leader, that’s about $7,000 less than what former Superintendent Manny Caulk’s salary was when he passed away in December.

Board Chair Tyler Murphy says Dr. Liggins won’t start the job until July 26, adding Liggins is committed to finishing out his time at Greenville Schools in Texas and insuring a smooth transition there.

Liggins has said he’s anxious to get to work. During the interview process, he talked a lot about equity, diversity, and inclusion in schools but also what’s referred to as the COVID slide— students falling behind because of virtual learning.

“We are going to look very closely at closing the achievement gap and making absolutely sure that we provide equity for all students,” Dr. Liggins said.

In Texas, they say Fayette County’s gain is their loss as they call Liggins leaving Greenville Schools a setback for the community, adding his time there has helped student outcomes for the better.

We don’t have all the details of the contract yet. We had to file a formal request to get a copy of the contract.

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