The Fayette County Board of Education on Monday approved a property tax increase of 2.1 cents per $100 of assessed value for the 2015-16 school year. The increase will grow district revenue by 4 percent.
The tax rate is now 74 cents per $100 for real and personal property. The rate for motor vehicles, 59.2 cents per $100, did not change.
Monday's board meeting was the first for the new superintendent, Manny Caulk, who outlined a "Listening, Learning and Leading" plan for his first months on the job.
Caulk said his goals included establishing a "positive and productive" relationship with the board, developing a plan to "increase educational outcomes for all learners," improving public trust through communication and corrective action, and establishing a positive climate within the district that focuses on continually improving achievement and closing the achievement gap.
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To gather information, Caulk said, he will visit each of school during his first 40 days, host listening and roundtable sessions and conduct surveys. He also plans curriculum audits for English as a second language, and gifted and talented and special education services.
Caulk said he would present a plan by February.