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2013-02-07 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

Frances M. McArthur, PhD.,
Superintendent of Schools Lexington ISD

The Lexington ISD Middle School Library is getting some much needed renovation this summer. The building that now houses the LMS library was built in 1956 and is in poor repair. According to the Texas Education Agency School Facilities Standards, library space for our middle school students should be about 3,726 square feet. Our LMS library is about 2,000 square feet, roughly half of the recommended amount. Not only is the library undersized for the number of students, the age of the facilities will require asbestos abatement.

The library is scheduled to be completely gutted this summer, as well as the old Family Consumer Science (homemaking) classroom, which will be remodeled into new library space while students are gone during the summer months.

This year, we will have to close our library two weeks earlier than usual in May, but will be able to have the job completed before school begins in the fall.

Friday was the end of a very successful Souper Bowl of Caring canned food drive at our middle school campus. Students donated 790 cans, which will all be donated to the Tanglewood Baptist Church Food Pantry. I am proud of Mrs. Emily Jane Cowen and her Marketing class for organizing this service project, and all of Lexington Middle School students for their giving spirit.

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