2012-05-03 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

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

I realized this weekend that April (School Librarian Month) had almost passed and I had not recognized our wonderful school librarians. We are so blessed in Lexington ISD to have Mrs. Debbie Johnson as our school librarian. As the district’s certified librarian, Mrs. Johnson is officially responsible for oversight of all three of our school libraries, though she is fortunate to have amazing assistants in Mrs. Jackie Dodd and Mrs. Connie Ward at the middle school and high school level. These three ladies wear many hats. At a time when we are preparing our students to navigate knowledge and information through electronic databases, websites, and research tools, our librarians have had to function as technology leaders on each campus, as well as manage books. Additionally, our libraries are the central location of electronic resources available to our teachers and students. Therefore, our librarian and her library assistants distribute and check out computers on wheels to our teachers, run our Accelerated Reader Program, coordinate our public address system and projects and presentations, as well as handle printing for each of our campuses. Whether it is hosting authors, storytellers, book fairs, reading programs, coordinating UIL Contests, these ladies partner with our teachers to assist students in using a variety of resources to conduct research and write reports which are a critical part of college and career readiness. Please take a moment to visit our school libraries and thank these wonderful ladies for all that they do to encourage our students to read for knowledge and pleasure.

We want our students to excel first in academics; however, we recognize that life long positive influences come from fine arts and athletics, and exercise is critically important in helping us not only stay healthy, but in thinking and learning better.

Congratulations to our dedicated track coaches who spent so much time with our students this past weekend at our Regional Track Meet. Our students did a great job! Logan Meuth and Antonio Washington set their personal best in the triple jump and the shot put, respectively. I am so proud of our students for striving to be the best they can be. Budgets are shrinking, expectations are high, and our students come to us with a variety of needs, but our Lexington staff is committed to making sure our students are successful and fully prepared for life and its challenges.

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