LMCMS interim principal promoted to permanent position

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Jennifer Schmitt, interim principal of Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, has been promoted to the permanent position, according to an announcement Wednesday from the Lawrence school district.

Schmitt has previously served as interim principal at Pinckney Elementary School, assistant principal at Lawrence High School and an instructional learning coach at Billy Mills Middle School. She has also taught Spanish and coached girls golf in the district.

“LMCMS is a wonderful community of students, families, and staff. To be able to continue leading our school as we transition our curricular model to better serve our learners is an honor,” Schmitt said in the release. “Our teachers, support staff, and Assistant Principal Phil Mitchell have helped us make impactful gains this year, and we will continue this important work with our students for years to come.”

Schmitt earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Kansas, a master’s at Fort Hays State University and her doctorate at KU, according to the release.

The promotion is effective immediately, pending school board approval.

Schmitt has served in the interim role since July 1 following the resignation of Anne Hawks, who took an administrative position in another district.

The Lawrence school board recently approved a plan for LMCMS to become a STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math — school effective in fall 2024.

“Dr. Schmitt continues to build relationships with students and families, bring new and existing staff together, and focus as a school family on supporting our scholars and working toward school improvement goals,” Superintendent Anthony Lewis said in the release. “While assisting the school community in celebrating its centennial, Dr. Schmitt has provided ideas and insights essential to the Middle School Redesign Committee’s work in planning an exciting future for the school.”

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