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Liggins takes over as superintendent of Lexington’s public schools

Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 9:23 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Monday marks the first day on the job for Fayette County Public Schools’ new superintendent, Dr. Demetrus Liggins. He says he has some priories for the district, but he also realizes dealing with COVID-19 was job number one.

Liggins was selected to lead Kentucky’s second-largest school district in June.

During his first media availability, Fayette County’s new superintendent made his top priority clear.

“My main goal is to make sure that we can continue to have in-person school. I think their students suffered tremendously last year with their learning because of the at-home learning. I think our teacher and staff really suffered in their instructional practice because they were learning as they went along,” Dr. Liggins said.

Dr Liggins said he’d be meeting with the district’s COVID team on Tuesday. He says they don’t want to put policies in place too early and then have to reverse them.

“Well of course we’ve discussed masks, we’ve discussed the amount of students that are vaccinated and staff that are vaccinated, we discussed what’s happening within our community in general and when our nation and the state, and so a lot of discussions have been had. A final decision has not yet been made but we’ve actually tossed around quite a few things,” Dr. Liggins said.

Dr. Liggins will have his first school board meeting in Fayette County Monday evening. It will be the first in-person board meeting since the pandemic started. He said he’s excited to hear from parents.

“Very difficult situation that we’re in. It’s unprecedented and no one really has the answers to what exactly they should do or should not do, every family has to make a decision that is in the best interest of themselves and their family members and the health and priority for the family,” Dr. Liggins said.

Dr. Liggins said Fayette County seemed like a place where he could have an impact and continue some of the great work that was already being done.

“I’ve also heard amazing things about Manny Caulk. And I really wanted to make sure that I could continue some of the legacy that he had left,” Dr. Liggins said.

Dr. Liggins was also asked about critical race theory. He said that’s currently not in their curriculum and he didn’t know of any plans of it being added.

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