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2012-12-20 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

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

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut lies heavier on our heart, I believe, because as parents we cannot imagine anything more painful, and as educators it is our work and our passion to care for our students. We are grieving with the nation over this senseless loss of innocent lives, and our prayers go out to those children and educators’ families.

Please know that our students’ safety is our top priority in Lexington schools, and though we regularly practice drills for numerous situations so that everyone is prepared during a real emergency, we are reviewing and practicing safety procedures in accordance with our LISD crisis management plan. Campus and district officials work closely with the City of Lexington police and fire departments. In fact, police officers are doing walk-throughs of all of our buildings this week in order to be fully prepared if a crisis arises.

Part of our crisis management plan is a comprehensive communication plan to keep parents informed during emergency situations. Our automated phone calls and text messages will keep parents informed with steps that LISD is taking in the event of a crisis. Our facebook and twitter pages are also a part of the communication plan. It is important for parents to please let their child’s campus secretary know if they have changed their phone number.

LMS won second place in the middle school One Act Play at Cameron and LES won first place at the Academic UIL at Rogers ISD on Tuesday. I was thrilled to see the extraordinary efforts of our elementary staff rewarded by another first place. With Academy ISD becoming one of our competing districts this year, the competition became much more difficult. Not only does Academy have 250 more students than we do, they have the staff to assign a daily class for Academic UIL.

On behalf of the Lexington ISD Board of Trustees and all our faculty and staff, may peace, joy, hope, and happiness be yours this Christmas and throughout the New Year.

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