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Fayette Cty, KY: $13M district plan for safety; partnering with U of KY for mental health services

July 3, 2018, Fayette Cty, KY, WKMS: Fayette Schools Plan $13 Million School Safety Upgrades A plan to spend $13 million for upgraded safety and mental health services in Fayette schools will soon go before the school board. Superintendent Manny Caulk unveiled the 10-point program Monday at Dunbar High School. The wide-ranging plan, to be paid for through a new property tax, includes metal detectors at all middle and high schools, more security guards and additional mental health counselors. Caulk said it could become a national model. … Caulk proposes a five-cent property tax to pay for the upgrades. That’s about $88 a year for the average homeowner. … The school system will partner with the University of Kentucky for mental health assessments and services for middle and high school students. Shericka Smith oversees the district’s mental health outreach….

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