4 Corners A Publication of Lauderdale County Schools Volume VI Issue 7 February 2019 LCSD Recognized for Achievements Great things are happening in the Lauderdale County School District. During the month of February our district has been recognized for three accomplish- ments. First, on February 20, the district received the Lighthouse Award from the Mississippi School Board Association. This award recognizes dis- tricts across the state for achieving a “B” level rating. Next, our four middle schools were recognized in an awards luncheon on Monday, February 25, as a “Value-Added” school for their Algebra I scores last spring. The Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS, Inc.) recognizes high per- forming schools annually for performing significantly better than other schools with comparable socioeconomic circumstances. Congratulations to Clarkdale Middle, Northeast Middle, Southeast Middle, and West Lauderdale Middle Alge- bra I teachers and students. Finally, the Lauderdale County School District, in collaboration with Meridian Community College, was honored to receive the prestigious Governor’s Award from the Mississippi Association of Partners Dr. John-Mark Cain, Superintendent in Education (MAPIE) for our C 3 Ready: College, Career, Community partnership on Tuesday, February 26. MAPIE recognizes top school-community partnership programs across the state. We are proud of the work we have done and look forward to continued success as we partner with Me- ridian Community College in our collaborative workforce development endeavors. To learn more, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjryfWh\k7o. Over the last couple of months, the Lauderdale County School Board has visited each of our community schools. Board Members were able to see \irst hand the condition of our facilities and the passion of our administrators and teachers for ensuring all students achieve at high levels. These visits were critical as we begin the Strategic Planning process in the coming weeks. As we seek to develop a shared mission, vision, values, and goals, involve- ment of all stakeholders will be key. This process will be a critical component to the continued success of our school district and community, as the strategic planning process seeks to articulate organizational priorities and stakeholder values; align workforce and resources to the strategic goals and objectives; increase stakeholder commitment to a common vision; provide a communication vehicle to inform stakeholders about district initia- tives; and effectively and authentically engage all employees and stakeholders. This process allows us to focus our attention to establishing a set of principles, which will guide our future decisions as it relates to programs, partnerships, and the direction of the Lauderdale County School District. In closing, I want to take this opportunity to recognize our Lauderdale County School District Teacher of the Year, Krileshia Boyd. Mrs. Boyd, a third grade teacher at Northeast Elementary, has been named as the Missis- sippi Congressional District 3 winner in the state Teacher of the Year Program. She will now compete with the other three \inalists for Mississippi’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. We are so proud of her and the commitment to student success she demonstrates daily.