Lexington County School District One is the number one place to lead, learn and live.
Thanks to tremendous community support, our students benefit from a high-performance learning culture that prepares them to be a new generation of leaders and global citizens who are self-directed, creative, collaborative, caring and multilingual.
Our Schools of the Future — Now! initiative and its three components — LexLeads, LexLearns and LexLives — guide our graduates as they become confident in academics, accomplished in 21st century skills, global in orientation and sophisticated in learning.
We focus on providing students with quality, personalized learning experiences that support their development in four essential 21st century skills that we refer to as the 4 C’s — critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication.
Lexington One serves more than 24,000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 with more than 3,550 employees
(not including substitutes) and 30
schools (17 elementary schools; seven middle schools; five high schools and one technology center). The district also has an alternative learning program called FOCUS.
The 360 square miles that make up Lexington One stretch from the banks of Lake Murray to the county’s southern border with Aiken County. Our district occupies 48 percent of the county’s 750 square miles
and is one of the county’s major employers. 2010 Census Data shows Lexington County’s population as 262,391 and the area that makes up Lexington One’s population as 121,030 or 46 percent of the county.
During the past 10 years (2003–2013), Lexington One grew by an average of 511 new students per year. The district remains
one of the fastest growing school districts in the state, ranking ninth in the
state using the 2013–2014 135-day headcount released by the S.C. Department of
Education (Greenville, Charleston, Horry, Berkeley, Richland 2, Aiken,
Dorchester 2, Richland 1, Lexington One).
To keep up with the growth, Lexington has built 12 new schools since 2003.
Lexington One maintains a
strong financial position. The district’s bond ratings, confirmed in September
2013, are Aa1 and AA- by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s ratings services. The
district has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate
of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 18 consecutive years,
the Association of School Business Officials, International’s Certificate of
Excellence in Financial Reporting for 19 consecutive years, and a clear audit
report with no management letter for 24 consecutive years.
The district’s 2013–2014
general fund operating budget of $202,963,901 provides funding for the
day-to-day operations of the district such as paying salaries, insurance and
utilities, and purchasing supplies, materials and services.
A good steward of
taxpayers’ dollars, the district spends 86 percent of its general fund operating
budget on instruction and instructional support (salaries and related costs), 2
percent for program and district management, and 12 percent for operations
(utilities, maintenance). The district’s money goes to instruction — with only 2
percent spent on district leadership and 5 percent on school leadership.