Fayette County Public Schools proposes property tax increase for school safety improvements

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Manny Caulk is proposing a property tax increase so the district can fund security improvements.

Lauren Minor

Caulk unveiled his plan, which he believes will make Lexington schools the "safest in America."

The plan includes placing law enforcement officers at every school, hiring more mental health workers and facility enhancements designed to provide more security. This includes adding metal detectors in every middle and high school.

Caulk says these improvements will cost $13.5 million, and he is asking the school board to add a five-cent property tax as a result. The school district says a property owner would have to pay approximately $88 annually as a result of the increase.

"For less than the price of a small pizza or movie ticket each month, we can ensure that the children of Fayette County have the safest schools in the nation," Caulk said in a release.

This proposal comes months after multiple security threats to the district. Two incidents involved a firearm being found on school grounds, and one involved a student accidentally shooting himself. In a separate incident, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School student was also arrested for plotting a mass shooting.

The plan would call for the hiring of 50 officers and the addition of 37 mental health professionals.

The school board will vote on the property tax July 16 following a public hearing.

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