The John F. Kennedy Center Awards Lexington, South Carolina School Board for Its Support of High-Quality Arts Education

Lexington County School District One Earns National Recognition; Will Use $10,000 to Further Enhance Its Commitment to Arts Education
March 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2017) - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees in Lexington, South Carolina, has received the 29th annual Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award.  The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, was presented on Saturday, March 25, at the NSBA's Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.  Read the entire press release here.

Highlights from the Kennedy Center press release

The award honors the work of the 2016 school board, led by Board Chair Debra L. Knight, Vice Chair G. Edwin Harmon, Secretary Cynthia S. Smith, Sandra Backman, Jean N.Haggard, Dr. Bradley R. Pitts, and Dr. Brent M. Powers

The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees has shown a strong commitmentto the endurance of the arts by allocating a significant percentage of the district budget to the arts, as well as moving the part-time Fine Arts Coordinator position to a full-time position.

The district has also assembled a District Leadership STEAM team; launched a Center for Media Arts, Design, and Production; expanded arts opportunities with summer music, theater, and dance camps at no cost to participating students; and lengthenedinstructional time for band and strings programs.

The Board cultivates strong partnerships within its community and at the state level that continue to help enrich its own arts programming. The Columbia Museum of Art, for example, provides free professional development for the district's teachers and facilitates field trips for students. The board also works with the district and the Lexington Medical Center to exhibit student art in the Art of Healingexhibit. Additionally, the Town of Lexington consistently partners with the district to provide opportunities to showcase the artistic talents of students.

The Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees intends to use its award to continue funding and enhancing arts education opportunities districtwide.

Lexington County School District One serves more than 25,600 students from Pre­ Kindergarten to Grade 12 with more than 3,700 employees and 30 schools.

Press Contact:  Brittany Laeger, 202) 416-8455

Kennedy Center press release

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