Superintendent Liggins speaks at a Commerce Lexington Public Policy Luncheon

Tuesday, Supt. Liggins discussed ongoing issues with staffing, remote learning, and the mental health of students and teachers.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County Schools Superintendent Demetrus Liggins spoke at Commerce Lexington’s Public Policy Luncheon Series on Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, Liggins discussed his first six months as Fayette County Schools Superintendent, remote learning, and talked about school district staffing issues due to the ongoing pandemic. .

“We’ve actually given a raise for the first time in 5 years, some of it is for staff,” Liggins said, “we’re also taking our stimulus money to give incentive pay to our bus drivers. They are making more per hour this year. We encourage them to come to work on days when attendance rates are generally very low, and we have hired a recruiter for these part-time positions.

The superintendent also discussed the mental health of students and teachers. According to Liggins, there have been approximately 300,000 referrals to Fayette County schools for mental health services since the start of the 2021-22 school year.

“We are seeing more serious cases of mental health issues than we have ever seen before. The good thing is that we have a great team that can provide these services. But it’s tough, our kids are having a tough time, our teachers are having a tough time,” Superintendent Liggins said.

The lunch was held at the Campbell House in Lexington and included a panel discussion and Q&A after Liggins’ remarks.

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