January 31, 2017
Dear Lexington Community,
As Superintendent, it has not been my practice to comment on political events or share my own perspective on such matters. However, I believe I must voice my views when it comes to the safety and belongingness of our students, staff and families. The recent presidential executive order impacting immigration has prompted some concern within our school community, and I feel it is important for me to emphasize again, that everyone belongs in Lexington Public Schools. I am writing to you today to renew and strengthen my message of safety and support for all students, staff and families
As you know, we are proud that our Lexington families come to us from all over the world. Our students speak over 50 different languages, and for 30% of our students—their primary language is one other than English. Regardless of language, race, ethnic background, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, immigrant status and any other manner in which individuals may identify—Lexington Public Schools remains fully committed to safety, equality and inclusivity for all.
My beliefs and values serve as leadership guideposts for me. I believe that our diversity is what makes us strong, and our commitment to respectful and caring relationships is what makes us compassionate. I believe that our kindness and welcome will always prevail over uncertainty and fear. Most importantly, I also believe that each of of us—students, parents, educators and staff—will continue to actively demonstrate that Lexington is safe and inclusive for all. Many of you have expressed that you share these beliefs, and I thank you for sharing your perspectives, experiences and feelings with me. I care about hearing and understanding each member of our Lexington family.
If at any time, the school staff and I can be of support to any individual, or if I can personally express a more vigorous sense of my commitment to these values, I hope you will not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or needs. All of us in Lexington Public Schools remain unwavering in our commitment to education and the well-being of our students, families and staff.
In closing, I would like to express once again, how grateful I am to be in a community that encourages and elevates civil discourse, recognizes and celebrates individuality, and values and reinforces equality. Lexington is indeed, the history and heart of democracy, and I am so proud of our diverse school community.