2011-05-19 / Community News

From the Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Frances M. McArthur, PhD Lexington ISD

On this the week that we celebrate Armed Forces Day, I want to thank our military men and women who put their life in danger for our freedom. I especially want to honor and recognize Mr. Walt Carey, Pastor Leif Hasskarl, Mr. Bobby Rodgers, Mr. Dale Boyd, Mr. Leonard Seifert and Mr. Dud Morris, our very own Lexington veterans who came and spoke to Mr. Finley’s History classes last Friday. I appreciated so much the candor with which they spoke about their experiences fighting for our country and answering questions for our students. Our community is blessed to have role models that are willing to volunteer their time to bring relevancy to our students’ history lessons and talk candidly about the importance of honor and integrity.

On the budget front, the Legislature is still in session and we do not know anything more about the impact of the state budget shortfall on Lexington schools. It is looking more and more like the possibility of a special session this summer to address the distribution methodology of school funding. In the meantime, I will be recommending a budget for next year to our trustees with a reduction of expenditures of seven and a half percent below this year’s expenditures at our June 6, 2011 budget workshop. I remain hopeful that our Legislators will stand by one of the primary duties of state government, which is to fund public education.

I am so very proud of Rhiem Petterson, who placed 6th in State in hurdles competition. Congratulations to Rhiem, his family, and his coaches for his outstanding performance at state level competition.

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