Dear Parents, Students and Staff Members,
Last year was once again a productive year at LIS under the reigns of Sharon Wilson. The Board updated its Strategic Plan and saw that goals listed thereunder are steadily achieved. The Strategic Plan is divided into four main objectives, with multiple goals under each objective, which are updated as they are accomplished or as the need alters.
With regard to Strategic Area 1 - the continued facility improvements, a dedicated storage area for the PE department, PTA, grounds and cleaning staff was erected this past summer. In addition, the shade and rain protection area for student pick-up and drop-off was extended, improvements were made to the Early Childhood playground area and a shade structure was also built at the IB Building.
In line with Strategic Area 2 – Educational Program, we continue with surveys from all constituents at LIS, the parents, the faculty and the students, to continue in our quest to improve the LIS experience for all stakeholders. LIS continues to make huge strides in the improvement of technology, improving the internet connection within the school, additional hardware and software for students and teachers, and of course the movement to the true One-to-One (one laptop computer for each student) initiative starting in the middle school this year. The Board and staff met in both a formal and social setting to encourage communication, exchange of ideas and cooperation. LIS is also proud to introduce the Taino Academy at LIS, which is directed to high school students who would not be able to benefit from the IGCSE and IB Diploma curricula normally offered.
Under Strategic Area 3 - Marketing, we continue with our quest to increase the awareness of the benefits of an LIS education and the IB Diploma for residents of Grand Bahama. We continue with the awards of partial scholarships to deserving Bahamian citizens.
Finally with regard to Strategic Area 4 - Finances, the Board continues to ensure that the finances of LIS are stable and establishes realistic budgets and reserves.
We have started a busy year. As it has been five years since LIS was accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the time for a re-accreditation visit and review has come. In January, COIS and NEASC will send a delegation to review LIS’ progress under its accreditation.
LIS has been very fortunate to have had Sharon Wilson as our headmistress for three years. Regretfully, Mrs. Wilson has retired.
For the 2015-2016 school year we welcome our new headmaster Mr. Michael Lowery who previously served as the Head of Secondary at LIS.
Please remember that condensed Board meeting minutes are available for the LIS community's perusal in the school office.
Lucaya International School Ltd.