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Lexington City Schools Announces New Principal and Strategic Plan Approval 2024-29


Lexington City Schools Board of Education Approves New Principal and Strategic Plan for 2024-2029

The Lexington City Schools (LCS) Board of Education is pleased to announce the approval of Sean Gaillard as the new principal of Charles England Elementary School. In addition, the Board has approved the new strategic plan for 2024-2029, "THRIVE IN THE HIVE: Our Blueprint for Innovation and Opportunity." 

With over 32 years of experience in education, Mr. Gaillard has held various roles from classroom teacher to administrator, demonstrating a profound commitment to student-centered learning and educational leadership. His transformative leadership at Lexington Middle School earned the school the title of Lexington City Schools' School of the Year in 2018, among other notable achievements.

“We are excited to welcome Sean Gaillard to Charles England Elementary School,” said Dr. Nakia Hardy, Superintendent of Lexington City Schools. “Sean Gaillard brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to educational excellence. His vision for fostering a collaborative and innovative school culture aligns perfectly with our district’s goals. We are confident that under his leadership, Charles England Elementary School will continue to thrive and achieve new heights.”

Mr. Gaillard’s accolades include being named the Wells Fargo-Piedmont Triad Principal of the Year in 2019 and Lexington City Schools Principal of the Year in 2018. Additionally, he was a finalist for North Carolina Principal of the Year in 2019, underscoring his exceptional contributions to education.

“I am honored to join Charles England Elementary School as principal,” said Gaillard. “I look forward to working with the students, teachers, and parents to create a nurturing and dynamic learning environment where every student can succeed.”

The newly approved strategic plan, "THRIVE IN THE HIVE: Our Blueprint for Innovation and Opportunity," emphasizes LCS's priorities and core values for the next five years, focusing on enhancing student outcomes and community engagement.

Dr. Nakia Hardy expressed her enthusiasm for the community's involvement in the strategic planning process: “We are thrilled to have engaged so many voices from our community in developing this five-year strategic plan. Our collective input has shaped a vision that will guide us in creating a vibrant and equitable educational environment for all our students. We are excited to see the impact of ‘THRIVE IN THE HIVE’ in the years to come.”

2024-29 Priorities

  • Whole Child Focus and Culture
  • Empowering, Equipping, and Investing in our Staff
  • Instructional Excellence
  • Equitable and Transparent Operations
  • Family Engagement and Community Partnerships

Core Values

  • Wellness and Safety
  • Equity and Excellence
  • Access and Opportunity
  • Integrity and Fiscal Stewardship

About Lexington City Schools:

Lexington City Schools, under the visionary leadership of Superintendent Dr. Nakia Hardy, is dedicated to providing a superior education that equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in an ever-evolving world. With a steadfast commitment to innovation, collaboration, and excellence, the district fosters an environment where students are empowered to realize their full potential and become conscientious global citizens. The district's initiatives are guided by the upcoming strategic plan, "THRIVE IN THE HIVE: Our Blueprint for Innovation and Opportunity," which will comprehensively outline initiatives and goals to enhance student learning, support teacher development, promote equity, and strengthen community partnerships upon its release in the fall of 2024. For more information about Lexington City Schools, please visit our website at