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2011-08-25 / School

From the Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Frances M. McArthur, PhD Lexington ISD

I am excited that the 2011-2012 school year is here. It is an opportunity for us to build on the wonderful success of the past, and to meet new challenges head-on so that Lexington Schools continue to be the place where everyone wants to be. As district staff convened to prepare for this week, we reflected on our successes. Lexington students continue to score higher than the state average in every area, including the recently released ACT exams. While the average ACT math score across the state was 21.5, students taking the ACT exam in Lexington ISD averaged 22.3. This was a significant gain from an average 21.0, which our students scored the previous year. I am pleased that our students outpaced the state average on the ACT exams this past year, but recognize that the ACT is only one measure of achievement. Critical to post high school success is access to more rigorous college preparatory courses and increased opportunities in relevant and meaningful career and technology curriculum. Indeed it is those opportunities along with a super star faculty and athletic program that encourage families to seek transfers into our district.

This past Monday, Lexington ISD welcomed nine hundred and eleven new students with open arms. As I walked around classrooms, I was impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of our teachers who were determined to make the first day back the best “first day of school” ever for our students.

As summer temperatures continue to exceed three digits, we are concerned about the stifling summer heat and its effects on our students. We have asked parents to send water bottles with their students so that we can make sure our bus riders stay hydrated and healthy. We are particularly cognizant of those longer bus routes where our students ride for over an hour in extreme heat. LISD will have bottled water available for our students who forgot to bring a water bottle this week.

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