LCS teachers celebrate new school year

LCS teachers celebrate new school year


Teachers and staff from Lexington City Schools gathered Wednesday morning to kick off the 2017-2018 school year with a Welcome Back Breakfast at Charles England Elementary School.

Lexington City Schools Superintendent Rick Kriesky said he always looks forward to starting another school year and recognizing achievements from the past year. Several members of the school system were honored for their service during the breakfast.

“This is always exciting,” Kriesky said. “It is always good to celebrate our successes. Sometimes we don’t celebrate the successes of our students and our staff enough.”

The principal of the year award was given to was Monique Curry of Lexington Senior High School. The principal of the year award is voted on by the principals and the district administrative team.

Curry was recognized for lowering disciplinary infractions at the high school, collaborating with staff to improve the system’s dress code and maintaining a graduation rate that has exceeded 80 percent for the past three years.

“This is such a surprise,” Curry said. “This is not my award, this belongs to the staff. I have been in education for over 20 years, and this is the best staff I have ever worked with. I appreciate everything you have done to put your heart into growing our students.”

The teacher of the year, which was awarded in May, went to LaToya Warren, an English teacher at Lexington Middle School.

The Lexington City Schools School of the Year award was given to Pickett Elementary school.

The students and staff were recognized for achievements on the state’s composite data assessment, including the highest achievement score in the district, the highest score in area of student growth, highest performance composite scores and highest reading scores despite having the highest percentage of ESL students. Other awards were given to individual teachers and assistant teachers.

Beginning teachers of the year who were recognized included Kortnie Curry, a first-year teacher at South Lexington Developmental Center; Amber Van Landingham, a second-year teacher at Lexington Senior High School; and A’Kasaha Jenkins, a third-year teacher at Southwest Lexington Elementary School.

Technology teacher of the year was awarded to Megan Spencer, fourth-grade teacher at Charles England Elementary School. Teacher’s assistant of the year was given to Christy Strickland of South Lexington Developmental Center. The classified team of the year was given to the Child Nutrition Department.

Kriesky took a moment to recognize the contribution of the non-certified groups in the school system including teacher assistants, clerical, child nutrition, transportation, maintenance and custodial, technology, administration and teachers in Jacket Academy, an in-house program for students under disciplinary suspension.

Several candidates running for the Lexington City Schools Board of Education were present during the Welcome Back Breakfast. Each candidate was given 90 seconds for an introduction and statement on why they were running for school board.

Those candidates included Rose Banks, District 1; Darrick Horton, District 1; Robert Curlee, District 3; Brent Wall, District 3; John Burke, District 4; Jeremy Bowers, District 4; David Norman, District 5; Roland Trout, District 6; Margaret Loda, District 6 and, via video, Charles England, II, District 6

Candidates Janice Johnson-Hunter, District 1; Hector Padial, District 2; Bobby Wagner, District 3; Angela McDuffie, District 5; Thomas Danze, District 6 and Debra Verdell, at-large candidate were not present, but were given the opportunity to record a message for the event.

Instead of gifts, Lexington City Schools officials decided to take the funds allotted for door prizes to go toward its backpack program which, in collaboration with Communities in Schools, provides food for needy students.