Timeline announced for Fayette Co. school safety improvements
Fayette County school district leaders unveiled on Monday the timelines for each step of their 10-point safety plan.
At a school board planning meeting, administrators said several steps are already underway, including launching the processes to hire more law enforcement officers and mental health professionals for schools.
The district hopes to put walk-through metal detectors at all high schools by spring break. The plan is to put them in the county's middle schools next school year.
District leaders have set a target completion date of January 2020 for the construction of secure vestibules.
The steps are part of a 10-point safety plan Superintendent Manny Caulk proposed earlier this year, saying the plan will make the district among the safest in the country. Some of the plan includes security upgrades, metal detectors, social media monitoring and an upgraded communication system.
The $13.5 million plan is being funded through a five-cent property tax increase approved by the district's board of education in July. An effort to let Fayette County voters decide whether to approve the increase failed after organizers were unable to gather enough signatures.
Property tax bills that reflect the increase will start going out in the mail this month. District leaders expect to start seeing the revenue by November.
Below is the district's safety plan, followed by the complete step-by-step breakdown of the plan's implementation, as presented to the school board on Monday evening.
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Post job openings
Begin recruitment efforts
Coordinate with DOCJT and LPD to create training pipeline for officer candidates
Continue recruitment efforts
Attend job fairs
Begin hiring and placement
Complete calculation to determine school allocation for 300:1 ratio
Send needs based position selection survey to principals
Post vacancy announcement (no later than week after fall break)
Convene interview team
Hire, on-board, assign and implement
Planning to include communication plan
Implementation and service to students
Train and assist with launch of comprehensive adolescent assessment and health promotion
Priority 1: High schools
Priority 2: Middle schools
Priority 3: Elementary schools
Priority 4: Other schools
Priority 1: Middle/other (4)
Priority 2: Elementary (11)
Priority 1: Middle/other (6)
Priority 2: Elementary (9)
Staff IDs and contractor IDs
All high school students
All middle school students
Develop and release RFP for assessment and services
Renegotiate health department contract for school nurses
Interviews/evaluation of RFP
Obtain board approval of contract for comprehensive health assessment and services
Training and on-boarding of school nurses
Implementation planning to include communication plan
Launch comprehensive adolescent assessment and health promotion
Continue implementation at the high school level
Evaluate and monitor
Plan for Phase II
Phase II implementation at the middle school level
Implementation at high schools
Implementation at middle schools
Needs assessment for each location
Identify complexity of each project
Communicate with stakeholders
Begin projects that can be completed without state BG approval process
Begin construction planning for more complex projects, which will require state BG approval process
Target completion date
Identify possible service providers
Evaluate service offerings
Negotiate contract with selected vendor
Obtain board approval of contract
Evaluate service quarterly
Attend SEL adoption professional learning conference
Conduct CASEL and other research
Solicit principal and MH partners input for adoption; includes communication plan
Convene, evaluate, score and prep for board recommendations for January
Make recommendation to board, purchase, SBDM approvals, begin trainings and implementation
Continue implementation training, evaluation and refinement
Target completion date