Superintendent's Message -
Graduation week has come and gone in Lauderdale County Schools. Students, staff, and families have marked the passage of milestones and celebrated the closure of yet another school year. Unlike the anticipation and excitement an opening naturally brings, our closing out of a school year always makes me feel a little anxious. The goodbyes at the end of the year are hard, as we say farewell to retiring employees or send off our students and graduates to the next chapters of their lives.
The closing of school is also a time for reflection. So many of our administrators, faculty, staff, families, and students have risen to the numerous challenges they faced throughout the year. I have seen innovation, creativity, and determination as our staff worked to address the needs of ALL kids. As I walked the schools and observed throughout the year, there was no doubt in my mind that our educators and support personnel were making a positive difference for our students. There is nothing in this world more important than positively impacting students, and it happens in Lauderdale County Schools every day!
On June 30, 2014, Lauderdale County Schools will lose well over 450 years of combined service from our retiring employees. As the school year ends, feelings are a mix of excitement for those leaving for their next adventure and a sense of loss for our district. It helps me to know that we have been made better for having known and worked with each of these individuals. They will certainly be missed.
As we move into the final days of what has been a unique year in education for Lauderdale County and the State of Tennessee, my hope is that our administrators, faculty, staff, and students will be able to spend some quality time with their families and get some rest. For educators and students, I know that life does not stop during the summer, but it is a different kind of pace and focus. I do hope it will be an enjoyable time for all.
Have a great summer, get some rest, relax, and make memories that will last a lifetime!
Shawn Kimble, Superintendent
Lauderdale County Schools