November 1, 2018
Dear Family of the Lexington School and Center for the Deaf,
This letter is to inform you of my intention to retire as CEO/Superintendent of Lexington School and Center for the Deaf, effective October 31, 2019. For the past five years ago, I have been blessed beyond measure to serve as the executive and educational leader of this truly unique and wonderful institution. I have loved and cherished my work and relationships with the students, clients, faculty members, staff, administrators, parents, families, alumni, and Board of Trustees.
Lexington has been transformed since my arrival five years ago. The successes we have achieved are directly attributable to a team of dedicated administrators, caring faculty and supportive staff, all of whom are committed to educational and professional excellence. I thank them for their support and encouragement. I would like to thank our incredible students, who helped me see things in new ways, made me laugh, and never ceased to amaze and inspire me. It has been an honor to serve them and to have an impact on their lives.
I am proud of what Lexington has accomplished during my tenure. Our educational program has been enhanced, we have purchased new educational technology and we have made upgrades to the physical plant and school security system. In collaboration with the 4201 Schools Association, we have advocated for, and received, additional funding to enhance the educational program. Our agencies are providing Deaf clients with vital services that are not available anywhere else.
This is a bittersweet moment for me as I look back over a 37-year career in Deaf Education. I am sad to leave the students, the clients, and my colleagues, yet excited and optimistic about the next professional and personal phase of my life. I can retire knowing that I have poured my heart into Lexington School & Center for the Deaf.
I wish the very best to the students, families, clients, instructional staff members, employees, alumni, and the entire Lexington community. I would like to extend a special thank-you to the Lexington Board of Trustees for appointing me to lead this cherished institution. It is my greatest hope that I leave Lexington School & Center for the Deaf a stronger organization than when I arrived. Lexington has always been my strong passion.
With deep gratitude and appreciation,
Donald A. Galloway