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appointment of supt

5/21/2022 - New Superintendent to Lead the Lawndale Elementary School District Into the Future

The Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of distinguished educator, Ms. Virginia Castro, as the new Superintendent following unanimous approval of her appointment and employment agreement at the board meeting on June 21st. Ms. Castro assumes the office following the retirement of the well-respected Superintendent, Dr. Betsy Hamilton. Click below to read the full press release. 

chalk walk

5/17/2022 - Students Create Colorful 1980's Chalk Art at Jane Addams Middle School's 16th Annual Chalk Walk Competition

Students from Jane Addams Middle School in Lawndale will create colorful chalk paintings at school for the first time since the pandemic started.  The 16th annual CHALK WALK school spirit competition theme is the 1980’s, giving students the opportunity to learn about the era while showcasing their artistic talents. “Each year, we look forward to the Chalk Walk and are excited to have it return to Jane Addams,” said Dr. Betsy Hamilton, Superintendent of the Lawndale Elementary School District. Click below to read the full press release. 

Superintendent Search

4/18/2022 - Lawndale Elementary School District’s Search for the Next Superintendent is Underway

The Lawndale Elementary School District initiated the search for a new Superintendent, soon after the announcement that Superintendent Dr. Betsy Hamilton would be retiring in July. The District has secured the support of advisors Education Support Services (ESS), a consulting firm that assists school districts with superintendent searches, governance training, human resources, and more. Click below to read the full press release. 

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Univision spotlight on Spanish Dual Immersion - watch the segment here!

11/19/2021 -  Spanish Dual Language Immersion Expansion

At the November 18, 2021 meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD) announced plans to expand the District’s coveted Dual Language Immersion program to Billy Mitchell Elementary School beginning with Kindergarteners enrolling for the 2022-23 school year. The program also operates at Mark Twain Elementary School and Will Rogers Middle School. Click below to read the full press release.