Fayette Co. school board approves use of metal detectors in schools

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Fayette County Board of Education voted Monday night to allow the use of metal detectors in schools.

In an important procedural step, the school board unanimously approved a change to the district's search and seizure policy. The move effectively clears the way for the implementation of metal detectors in Fayette County schools.

Superintendent Manny Caulk told WKYT's Garrett Wymer that his goal is to have metal detectors installed at Frederick Douglass High School by the end of the school year. That is the first school the superintendent says will get metal detectors, but he said he does not think it will be the last.

Caulk said the board's vote on Monday night keeps things right on schedule.

"We're moving as quickly as possible, with deliberate speed, to make sure there are no missteps," he said. "This was a very important action in moving that work forward."

Superintendent Caulk said the district now will move on to the next steps in the process, including looking at equipment and getting quotes from vendors. He said he hopes to start making progress on that this week.

The board did not vote on administrative procedures for using the metal detectors. They said that is under the superintendent's purview.

District leaders also on Monday unveiled the school district's new app, designed to help better communicate between administrators, students and parents - especially during bad weather and emergencies. You can find the app in the App Store and Google Play.

The district's safety advisory council is scheduled to present recommendations on how to improve school safety at a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Henry Clay High School.