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