Lexington Public Schools Cancels Proposal


Lexington Public Schools have gone back to the beginning planning stages after talks of a consolidation across three elementary schools in town.

School officials say they have decided not to move forward with that proposal this year. They say they need more time to look further into both sides of the debate.

"The final decision was not to act this year on it. We saw how big of a decision it was, and we decided that if we could hold off for at least a year, then, it'd be best," said John Hakonson, superintendent.

The district wanted to combine their three K-to-5 buildings. The consolidation would make one building K-1; another 2-3; and the last 4-5.

"It came up after principals came up talking about how many teachers they may need to reassign next year because not all of our class sections are the same," shared Hakonson about the proposal. "We could have potentially been moving a second grade teacher to a third grade classroom, or even to a different building."

Hakonson previously told NTV News that the configuration would have worked with the number of kids in the district now. In fact, many parents thought it was a great idea.

"I don't want the government stepping in and taking over schools. I don't want to lose 50 percent of the teachers," said Krista Huerta.

"It's a great idea because I wasn't happy of the possibility of my daughter being in a mobile classroom. So, I think overall it will be great," shared Amy Adams.

Hakonson expected such reaction from the community.

"Generally, I think when people heard the full proposal, they became more positive about it. Hopefully a little more time, and further down the road, there will be more support for it," said Hakonson.

Moving forward with no action on that proposal, Hakonson released the following statement exclusively to NTV that stated, "Lexington is not alone in facing the ramifications of NCLB. One special challenge we face is having one of the largest English Language Learner and poverty populations in the state. We have tried many things over the years to improve performance, and we will obviously continue these, and other efforts, to help students succeed."

Lexington Public Schools now offer pre–school programs, two terms of summer school, and after–school programs to those students who may need some extra help.