Over the course of the 2018-2019 school, we have continued our work to ensure that the MSD of Lawrence Township is the District of Destination. Our students continue to do amazing things in and out of the classrooms. The Class of 2019 has earned over $37M in awarded scholarships. We are home of the 2019 Indiana Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Tamara Markey, a state champion Robotics Team, and the runner up 4A Girls Basketball team and Lawrence Township Winter Percussion Ensemble. The MSD of Lawrence Township was recognized as a District of Distinction and a Best Community for Music Education. Our nationally recognized Immersion program expanded to include programming at Skiles Test Elementary. The list goes on and on.
We are in the business of educating children. With the support of your locally elected Board of Education, our staff works tirelessly to ensure that we are continuing to provide the highest quality educational experiences for our students and remain good stewards of resources allocated to us by the state and local community. Major initiatives, approved by the Board of Education during 2018-2019, span student achievement, facilities, finances, and personnel, and are outlined below:
- Continued work with Learning Sciences International on student-centered, rigorous teaching and learning,
- Continued expansion of bilingual education opportunities,
- Implementation of Elementary STEM for ALL providing all elementary students access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) experiences,
- The addition of new academic courses supporting Indiana’s graduation pathways in the area of computer science, child development and workplace Spanish,
- Expanded partnerships with Indiana University, Vincennes University and Ivy Tech to provide more dual credit opportunities for students.
- Completion of renovation projects at Indian Creek Elementary, Harrison Hill Elementary, and Skiles Test Elementary
- The start of renovations at Amy Beverland Elementary & Sunnyside Elementary
- Planned construction of a new Transportation Facility.
- Continued to maintain a $10M cash reserve, at the direction of the Board of Education
- Continue to implement budget efficiencies to streamline operations
- Gave fair raises to staff amidst State funding that has not kept pace with inflation.
In May, the Board of Education approved the pursuit of a capital referendum on November 5, 2019 to address facilities needs at ten school buildings, including the two high schools. This endeavor will help ensure we can continue our tradition of excellence, and is the first referendum pursued in district history.
- Addition of 19 teachers for 2018-2019
- New principals at Crestview Elementary, Mary Castle Elementary, Fall Creek Valley Middle School, McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology, and ELC Brook Park
- Staff raises for both certified and classified employees
- Expanded hours of the Community Health Network Employee Clinics
- Expanded recruitment efforts to attract high caliber employees to the MSD of Lawrence Township
- Graduation of the first cohort of LT employees in the District-Based Alternative Teacher Certification (DBAC) program, in partnership with IUPUI
As we close the year, I encourage you to think back on the magnitude of our accomplishments and then look forward to all that is possible in 2019-2020. Thank you for making the MSD of Lawrence Township your home.
Dr. Shawn A. Smith
Superintendent of Schools