A Champion for Public Education
Tyler recognizes that a budget is a reflection of our values and has worked to ensure the budget development process is transparent and provides opportunity for input from all stakeholders. Tyler is committed to investing in our students and the educators who have a direct impact on student success and achievement. In 2021, FCPS enacted the first staff pay raise in five years and expanded the years-of-service credit for classified employees.
First elected to our Board of Education in 2018, Tyler has been committed to making informed decisions in the best interest of students, staff, and families; to transparency; and to community engagement. Tyler takes seriously the Board’s responsibility as stewards of taxpayer finances and is proud of the district’s sound financial footing–which has helped us hold tax rates steady for the past four years.
Fayette County Public Schools is the only school district in Kentucky whose staff salaries have kept pace with inflation, according to a 2022 study by the Kentucky Economic Policy Center. And, in 2021, Forbes magazine named Fayette County Public Schools the number one employer in Kentucky.
As Chair, Tyler has also worked to prioritize stakeholder input on over $100 million in COVID-related relief funding and has helped shepherd these resources to maximize investments in student learning while prioritizing the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, staff, and families. This focus has allowed FCPS to remain open to in-person learning since February 2021. And the Board has made record investments in PPE and ventilation upgrades to keep our staff and schools safe as we continue to navigate a global pandemic.
Upon assuming the chair position in January 2021, Tyler went to work immediately shepherding a nation-wide superintendent search that included nearly 60 listening sessions with stakeholders throughout Fayette County and unprecedented opportunities for feedback and community engagement. The search culminated on schedule with the selection of Dr. Demetrus Liggins to lead the district.
Tyler also recognizes the impact that high functioning Board teams can have on student and staff success and spearheaded meaningful professional development focused on the Board’s governing role. For the first time in its history, the Board of Education adopted a collaboratively developed Board governance manual focused on this aspect of Board leadership. Additionally, Tyler worked to implement a conflict disclosure process that includes a comprehensive review of Board member association to avoid potential conflicts of interest and allows members of the public to readily access Board member involvement in various community activities.
Tyler also commissioned an intentional effort on the part of the Board of Education to strengthen its work with the Equity Council Committee, prioritizing a strategic series of retreats and trainings to help the Board discuss issues and make decisions through an equity lens. This includes collaboration with the Superintendent to support establishing a “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging” office within the administration to support this work and these initiatives.
Recognizing Fayette County’s unique position as the Commonwealth’s second largest school district and one of our most diverse, Tyler has also supported elevating FCPS’s voice and role in the world of education–our District has stepped up its presence in Frankfort and, for the first time, developed a robust state and federal legislative program. Tyler is also involved in national organizations like the Council for Great City Schools. Tyler meets regularly with colleagues across the nation to share ideas, discuss issues relevant in education, and continue his education and training to better serve our students, staff, and families.
Over the course of the past year, our Board of Education has endured more than most Boards have in a decade. Tyler’s steady leadership as Chair and service as a member of the Board and champion for public education have helped steer our District and keep our focus on the students and families we serve.