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2012-03-01 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

Frances M. McArthur, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools Lexington Independent School District

Earlier this month, David Boettcher, Phillip Brown, Doug Havard, Russell Iselt, and Alan Turner joined more than 500 leaders from across the state at the Texas Association of School Boards ( TASB) Winter Governance and Legal Seminar in Corpus Christi. In-depth sessions for new trustees focused on fundamentals of their roles and legal responsibilities as elected leaders. Critical issues discussed by new and experienced board members included education funding, personnel costs, state testing, and grading and graduation changes. Most people don’t realize the time commitment required of school board trustees. In fact, new school board members are required to attend eighteen hours of training their first year on the board, and an additional eight hours every year thereafter. In addition to having to take time off work for training, our trustees spend countless hours reading material I send them and attending meetings. I am grateful for the the civic mindedness of our school trustees and their willingness to volunteer their time for the children of Lexington.

In Lexington ISD, we believe in educating the whole child. This means we need to empower our students with opportunities to compete in many academic, athletic, and career and community service areas that will serve them in life. Developing strong community leadership is an important part of our Career and Technology Program. Thursday through Saturday of this past week, Lexington High School Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students attended the Region V Annual Leadership Meeting at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. Our Parliamentary Procedures team won fourth place at this meeting. Students attending were Kaylie Clare- Sherman, Lauren Johnston, Cody Morgan, Johna Alford, Destinee Gartman, Lucy Martinez, Aleece Moerbe, and Randi Brown. Jessica Burns, Raimond French, Adrian Lovings and Lindsay Vogelsang also attended this important conference. Additionally, Raimond French, who is the State FCCLA Parliamentarian, organized the Leadership Tracks at the Leadership Meeting. Our students did a great job in their competition, and Adrian Lovings was awarded the LEO silver medal. I am so very proud of our students’ dedication and success. Whether a student pursues education at a two-year college, a trade school, a four-year university, or a career in the armed services, leadership skills will be critical to their success.

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