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Leadership Lex 3 provides insight on new and innovative programs

Batesburg-Leesville, SC - Fifteen community leaders joined Lexington 3 district and school administrators on November 3 for a day-long event to learn more about the innovative programs that have been implemented in Lexington 3 during the 2016-17 school year. Leadership Lex 3 was designed to provide community members with a hands-on approach to learning about the district’s schools and for these individuals to have an opportunity to visit classrooms and talk with teachers and students about what is happening on a daily basis in the schools.

Community members attending the first Leadership Lex 3 included: Suzy Lee, Andy Bedenbaugh, Billy Derrick, Rev. Charles Simpkins, Jay Hendrix, Rev. Donald Robinson, Kristie Eidson, Mike Taylor, Alan Risinger, Eddie Cogdill, Ted Luckadoo, Kaye Shaw, Peggy Torrey, Deborah Thomas and Clabie Edmond.

Superintendent Dr. Randall Gary kicked off the event with an overview of the programs now being implemented in the district and shared with the community members the importance of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. The Profile is being followed in all of the district’s schools to ensure that every child is receiving information on “World Class Knowledge” – such as rigorous standards in language arts and math for career and college readiness; as well as “World Class Skills” – like creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and teamwork, communication, information, media and technology, and knowing how to learn; and “Life and Career Characteristics” – including, integrity, self-direction, global perspective, perseverance, work ethic and interpersonal skills. No matter what the age of the student, these skills are now a part of their daily routine.

The district’s principals also had the opportunity to share a brief “snapshot” of their schools with the community members and provided general information. After the briefing, community members boarded buses in groups to visit the schools. One group visited B-L Primary and High Schools and the second group visited B-L Elementary and Middle Schools. Throughout the tour, the community members had the opportunity to see first –hand many of the district’s programs including: Montessori K4 and K5 classes, BOOST, Makers Faire, Rosetta Stone language programs, Project-Based Learning, School of Journalism, AVID, e-21 Early College, and Mechatronics.

After lunch, the community members were given the task of compiling the information that they had received during their tours and then sharing with each other about what they had learned. The community members praised the district for its efforts to off new and innovative programs at all age levels and commended the administrators and teachers for their leadership.

At the conclusion of the day, Lexington 3 presented each of the community members with a Certificate of Appreciation for their willingness to give a day of their time to participate in the first Leadership Lex 3.

Lexington 3 Chief Academic Officer, Angie Rye and Assistant Superintendent Ralph Schmidt created Leadership Lex 3 and worked diligently to ensure that those attending the event received information that they could share with others in our community and elsewhere. Another Leadership Lex 3 will be held in the spring, and interested persons are encouraged to contact Mrs. Rye at 803-532-4423 or email her at, if they would like to be included in the spring event.

Lexington 3 would like to thanks the community members who attended the first Leadership Lex 3 and looks forward to hosting more of these events to allow individuals the opportunity to see all of the great things going on in the district.

Caption for photos:

Photo1: Leadership Lex 3 participants and District 3 administrators

Front: Grig Sawyer, Jaime Hembree, Mike Taylor, Suzy Lee, Deborah Thomas, Peggy Porrey, Kay Shaw, Clabie Edmond

Second row: Angie Rye, Jay Hendrix, Kristie Eidson, Eddie Cogdill, Pat Padgett, Tonya Watson, Sharah Clark

Third row: Dr. Randall Gary, Billy Derrick, Andy Bedenbaugh, Ted Luckadoo, Alan Risinger, Rev. Charles Simpkins

Absent: Rev. Donald Robinson

Photo 2:

A Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School fifth grader shows Leadership Lex 3 participants Mike Taylor, Jay Hendrix and Suzy Lee how to use Rosetta Stone during a computer lab class.

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