2014-05-22 / Obituaries

Superintendent’s Corner

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

I want to remind parents that this year our LISD schools will not be closed on Memorial Day. This is a result of the February ice storm that hit Lexington and most of the United States. We will have school on May 26th and June 2nd to make up for bad weather closures earlier this year.

Please see our website for a graphic version of the changes made to the calendar this spring. I hate opening schools on the day that we remember those who have given their lives to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy.

While we will be talking about our fallen heroes, as well as those who are presently serving in all branches of the armed forces this Memorial Day in our classrooms, I recognize it is not the same as having that special time with family. I have wonderful childhood memories of watching my father, a WWII Veteran, solemnly put up our flag on Memorial Day, as well as family picnics and barbeques. Unfortunately, in the absence of a crystal ball, I am no more capable of predicting weather than the weathermen and women we watch on the news. We closed school on two different days this winter, and I certainly wished, in hindsight, I had closed them for a third time when the weather got worse. Unfortunately, our busses were already out picking up children that morning, and with so many of our parents working in Austin, I could not take the chance that we might be taking children back to an empty home.

Thank you for understanding my imperfect decisions in regards to weather this past winter, and please remember that as a parent you are always completely in charge of whether or not you send your child to school. Even if our schools are open, parents may elect to keep their children at home and should do so if they feel there is a danger. While we do reprimand students who are chronically and inexcusably absent, we are very understanding about rare absences – and allow make ups for any assignments or material missed. I also want to take a moment to mention how much I appreciate Mr. James Marburger and Mr. Curtis Patschke. These two men are invaluable to me during bad weather days. Mr. Marburger is out driving the roads before 4:00 a.m. on those mornings. Since our school district covers such a large geographical area, we have to make the decision about closing school before our surrounding districts. In fact, Lexington ISD school busses are the first in the area to get started in the morning. Mr. Patschke has the incredible ability to inform the community instantly by sending parent emails, Facebook/Twitter posts, and recorded voice messages to every household that took the time to submit their information to us. I want to assure the entire Lexington community that our staff recognizes the great consequence of next Monday’s public holiday, and we will work hard to make sure our students commemorate Memorial Day and appreciate its importance, as well.

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