From the Superintendent of Schools
The month of January is recognized as School Board Recognition Month. The governor proclaims this month to recognize the great contribution that School Board Trustees make to their communities. I cannot say enough about how much I appreciate the Lexington Independent School District Board of Trustees. They spend many hours reviewing materials I send them, reading documents in preparation for meetings, and attending School Board Meetings and school functions. Please take the time to thank them this month for volunteering for such an important position. Earlier this month, our varsity football players thanked them for their service and presented them with a state finalist medal.
Next Monday, January 31st, our middle school student council will be collecting canned food and money for the Tanglewood Baptist Church Food Pantry. The collection will take place this coming Monday through Friday, February 4th, 2011. They will be having a friendly competition between 2nd period classes. The class that collects the most combined total of canned goods plus money will win an Ice Cream Float Party on Wednesday, February 9th! Staff members also have an incentive. Those staff members who donate $5 or 5 canned goods will get to wear jeans to school for the week of the competition!
Last week the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) released the House’s proposed budget for the next biennium. The LBB released budget proposes a $9.8 billion cut to public education. This is approximately a 30% reduction in funds to public education. The Senate will introduce their version of the budget this week. While I have heard that the cuts they will propose won’t be as severe as the LBB proposal, there will likely be cuts.
There is no doubt that these cuts will have a huge impact on the services provided by our public schools. I am hoping that the Legislature will find ways to reduce the impact of the shortfall on education and make the education of our children a priority and find other areas to make such massive cuts.