Local/Regional News
5:09 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Fayette Co. Public Schools Using Strict Criteria for Out-of-Area Requests

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Parents of Fayette County Public School elementary students are being urged to send their child to the school they were assigned to and not make an out-of-area request. The district recently issued an advisory saying it will use stricter criteria school changes.

“We’re going to monitor it very tightly and just follow our policy and processes very, very tightly this year,” says Superintendent Tom Shelton.

FCPS has seen significant growth over the past few years. With several elementary schools overcrowded or near capacity, Shelton says granting some out-of-area requests won’t be possible.

“Generally it’s because of parents working in another area of town and they want their child to be near there or they want them to be with a sibling who’s in a special program at a school or certain area.”

Priorities will be given to children of school-level employees, students who live within one mile of the school, and fifth graders who want to stay at their current school.

Out-of-area requests from middle and high school students are not affected by the stricter criteria.

Last year Fayette County Public Schools purchased property for a new elementary school, and design work for that facility is underway.