Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Lexington’s Strategic Planning in Full Swing:  Creating an Educational Vision for our District’s Future

Members of the LPS Synthesis Team are in the process of synthesizing and analyzing the Keep-Lose-Dream-Innovate (KLDI) data collected to date. Synthesis Team members include: Caitlin Ahern, Andrew Baker, Liz Billings-Fouhy, Jared Cassedy, Dane Despres, Julie Hackett, Eileen Jay, Maureen Kavanaugh, Avon Lewis, Chris Lyons, Francesca Pfrommer, Deepika Sawhney, Lonamae Shand, and Len Swanton.  As indicated in the Strategic Planning Timeline, we have a number of full-day and evening Synthesis Team meetings scheduled until the district’s strategic plan is finalized.  We have held three meetings to date, and we are looking forward to an all-day workshop on May 9, 2019. During our meetings, we have thoroughly analyzed all elementary, middle, high school and Joint Council data from our LPS educators.  Synthesis Team members are now in the process of developing elementary and secondary narrative summaries that will be shared with LPS educators on the upcoming May 16th Professional Learning Day. ST members will act as Strategic Planning Ambassadors and partner with principals to: reinforce our strategic planning philosophy, discuss how we have analyzed the data, the emergent strengths, challenges, tensions and themes, and what practices we need to stop. We are looking forward to an open and honest discussion with staff members in our ten Lexington Public Schools.  

Reference Materials:  

Synthesis Team Agenda, April 9, 2019

Synthesis Team Agenda, April 24, 2019

Synthesis Team Agenda, May 3, 2019

May 6, 2019 Community Forum

Executive Summary of the Strategic Plan 

Strategic Planning Video

Core Values Video


Redistricting Updates


On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, after a thorough and inclusive Phase II Redistricting process, the School Committee voted on a final redistricting plan. The plan selected is Redistricting Plan C (Alternative Minimal Impact Plan), which will go into effect in the 2020-2021 school year. For more information, please see Superintendent Hackett’s redistricting decision letter here.

A visual summary of Plan C can be accessed here. The district is in the process of updating searchable maps based on new elementary and middle school assignments, to be made available through the district’s website soon. 

Further discussion of implementation, including grandfathering details, is scheduled for the January 7, 2020 School Committee meeting.

Project Updates:

At the January 22nd School Committee meeting, Superintendent Julie Hackett announced the start of Phase II elementary and middle school redistricting.  Phase I redistricting began in 2015, with an outcome of some modification of the elementary school assignment map that applied to new, incoming students. It was planned that Phase II would involve a more comprehensive effort that would occur at or near completion of the new Lexington Children’s Place and Hastings Elementary School.

It is now time for us to begin the challenging and important work of adjusting our school assignment maps. Phase II Redistricting is expected to be more widespread, impacting more neighborhoods and areas of town than our 2015 redistricting effort. Our goal is to effectively use existing and newly available school capacity to ensure learning environments that are as equitable as possible for all students across the district.

A complete project timeline is available at http://bit.ly/RedistrictTimeline2. The full Superintendent’s report from January 22nd can be read at http://bit.ly/SupUpdate012219.  New information and redistricting updates will be posted on this webpage throughout the redistricting process.

General Information:

Advisory Group: March 7, 2019 Meeting Material

School Committee Update & Reading of Related Policies on May 21, 2019 Presentation (Recording available through LexMedia at http://bit.ly/SCUpdateRedistricting – Presentation starts at the 1:05:00 minute mark)

*Additional public information sessions based on the same presentation were held on June 5th at 8:00 AM and 6:30 PM in the Estabrook Meeting Room at Cary Hall.

Advisory Group: June 6, 2019 

Advisory Group: August 6, 2019 

Initial presentation of redistricting proposal to School Committee: October 1, 2019

Note: The meeting was recorded and available online through LexMedia.  

Public Hearings held on:

  • Wednesday, October 16 at 9:00 AM in Battin Hall at Cary Memorial Building
  • Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 PM in Battin Hall at Cary Memorial Building
  • Monday, November 18 at 6:00 PM in the Clarke Middle School Auditorium
  • Monday, November 25 at 6:00 PM in Battin Hall at Cary Memorial Building

Note: Hearings were recorded and available online through LexMedia.  

The final recommendation presented to the School Committee for vote: December 3, 2019. 

Superintendent’s Letter regarding December 3rd Vote

Proposed Redistricting Plan

Note: The meeting was recorded and available online through LexMedia

Master Planning Committee

Master Planning Committee Updates

Master Planning

The Master Planning Advisory Committee was established in pursuant with the School Committee Policy BDF. The School Committee determined that developing a master plan for school capital projects is necessary and prudent as Lexington continues to experience enrollment growth at all grade levels. The Advisory Committee will develop and recommend a 5-10 year capital plan for school facilities, analyzing current facilities and enrollment forecasts, and developing conceptual plans and timelines for needed additional educational spaces.

School Master Planning Advisory Committee Charge

September 14, 2018 Meeting Material

October 12, 2018 Meeting Material

November 20, 2018 Meeting Material

December 14, 2018

January 4, 2019

January 11, 2019

February 8, 2019

March 8, 2019

April 12, 2019

May 10, 2019

School Committee Updates

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Our Call to Action

Diversity, Equity InDear Lexington School Community:

My official start date as the new Superintendent of Schools in Lexington was July 1, 2018, but thanks to a school community so dedicated to creating optimal learning experiences for all of the young people we serve, my focus on equity and inclusion began well before my arrival in Lexington.

During my interview process in January, 2018, Lexington School Committee members began to share with me community concerns about disproportionate discipline for students of color and students with special need, expressing their strong desire to find a leader committed to addressing issues of equity and creating inclusive opportunities for all. Before arriving in Lexington, I met with the Lexington Administrative Council, and I was genuinely touched by their deep commitment to all students and their hopes and dreams for the future. I watched countless televised School Committee and community meetings and read articles giving me insight into the perspectives of the many passionate advocates and members of the Lexington community who believe that more can and should be done to ensure that every member of our school community is treated fairly and justly. What drew me to Lexington, in large part, was the community’s unabiding belief that every young person deserves to feel a sense of belonging and full membership in the Lexington Public Schools, a value I wholeheartedly share.

The position paper you are reading, “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Our Call to Action,” is the result of our community’s collective understanding that together we can and must do more every young person we serve. The ideas captured in “Our Call to Action” reflect the willingness of the Lexington school community to engage in thoughtful, open, and honest reflection and dialogue. It takes reflective leadership to openly confront issues of equity and commit to making changes in practice, and I want to acknowledge the work of the dedicated members of my dedicated LPS administrative team for their many contributions to this paper. My gratitude also extends to Lexington School Committee members Eileen Jay, Kate Colburn, Alessandro Alessandrini, Kathleen Lenihan, and Deepika Sawhney who are individually and collectively dedicated to the ideas captured in this position paper and to creating an even more unified Lexington. Our “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Our Call to Action” work would not be possible without the students and educators who inspire us daily and the passionate community groups and individuals in Lexington who continue to push our thinking.

While we could not incorporate every idea or suggestion that was made, it is our hope that “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Our Call to Action” accurately reflects our community’s values and priorities. We know that this work will be strengthened by further community input, and we are extending an invitation to several community groups (see next page for anticipated reviewers) in hopes that you will share your time and expertise with us and challenge us with your thoughtful feedback.

The conversations in Lexington about disparities in our school system should be happening everywhere, and the ideas discussed in this position paper are only the beginning to the important work we will do together. I thank you for helping us make our schools even stronger, and I look forward to your continued partnership in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.


Presentation to the Lexington Human Rights Commission (LHRC)

On Friday, May 3, 2019, members of the LPS Administrative Council and I presented to the Lexington Human Rights Commission a status update on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work.  The DEI work that we have undertaken requires a cultural shift, which takes time and the active involvement of many. As I have noted in the past, the Lexington Public Schools cannot do this work alone.  LPS is a microcosm of Lexington, Lexington is a microcosm of Massachusetts, Massachusetts is a microcosm of the United States of America, and our Nation is situated in a well-established historical context of institutional racism and discrimination that has existed for hundreds of years.  

We recognize that no single approach will eradicate disparities that exist in our school system.  Changes in culture require a multifaceted approach to problem-solving and deep understanding by a majority of stakeholders.  The purpose of the DEI presentation was to inform the LHRC of our collaborative efforts and the many actions we have undertaken to affect meaningful and sustainable change.  As noted in the LHRC May 3, 2019 PowerPoint presentation, the total number of students who are suspended related to the population is now less than 1%. Furthermore, we are beginning to see a decrease in the discipline disparities between African American and White students and students with and without disabilities.  

Reference:  PowerPoint Presentation to the LHRC, May 3, 2019

Community, School Committee Updates

“Open to All” Campaign

Open to ALLEarlier this summer, LexPride contacted various local organizations in an effort to build awareness for the nationwide “Open to All Campaign.” In my capacity as Superintendent of the Lexington Public Schools, LexPride asked me to:

  1. Make a pledge to serve all in our school system equally and without discrimination
  2. Display the “Open to All” graphic at central office or on our Lexington Public Schools website
  3. Commit to enrollment in an anti-bias or diversity training within one year
  4. Express my interest in speaking briefly at a public “Open to All” kick-off event

It would be my honor to make a personal pledge to participate in all of LexPride’s local “Open to All” efforts. Given our focus on equity and our strong desire to create an inclusive environment where all students and staff feel a sense of belonging in our schools, I think it would send a powerful message to the school community if the Lexington School Committee were to join me in making a public declaration in support of LexPride’s local “Open to All” campaign.

The LexPride campaign aligns with the School Committee’s policy of nondiscrimination that extends to students, staff, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business. The policy states that “No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.”

Recommendation to School Committee: Motion to go on record in strong support of LexPride’s “Open to All” local campaign, authorizing the Superintendent of Schools to make a pledge to serve all in our school system equally and without discrimination; to display the “Open to All” graphic at central office and/or on the website; and to willingly commitment the Superintendent-School Committee team to participate in anti-bias or diversity training within one year.

School Committee Updates

Professional Development Focus: “E-S-P”

ESP PDMake Way for High-Quality ESP-PD!
High-quality professional development is an integral part of the teaching and learning process in that well-designed learning experiences for educators lead to better learning experiences and outcomes for our students. If ever there was a place that gets professional development right, it is the Lexington Public Schools! The Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning offered 15 professional learning courses and workshops this summer, with 215 participants investing more than 4,000 hours to enhance their knowledge and hone their instructional skills to provide even better experiences for students in the Lexington Public Schools. In the upcoming school year, professional learning will be focused on three educator-identified themes that we fondly refer to as “E-S-P PD,” including:

  1. E​quity
  2. S​ocial and Emotional Learning
  3. P​roject-Based Learning.

On November 6, 2018, we will convene for our annual Lexington Learns Together (LLT) annual professional development day. More than 150 sessions will be offered, focusing on the three E-S-P strands. Many thanks to all our educators for making high-quality professional development a top priority in the Lexington Public Schools!