A new program that Fayette Superintendent Manny Caulk wants to design as ”the best in the nation” is expected to open this fall in Lexington for middle school students whose conduct prevents them from being in a regular setting.

That means middle school students will be removed from the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Excellence on Liberty Road and moved to a new location in a current property owned by the district that has not been finally determined, Caulk said at a Monday school board planning meeting . Thirty middle school students are currently at the school in a separate wing but in the same building as high school students.

“Right now at MLK they are doing a great job and we are always looking at how we can do better,” Caulk said. “The needs of the middle schooler are so distinct and pronounced that we want to make sure that we have the right level of supports and services for those students.”

“No child is expendable,” said Caulk.