No 7:40 a.m. start time sign
Several parents carried signs opposing a proposal for a 7:40 a.m. start time for Lexington elementary schools at Discovery Day earlier this month. (Erin Sandler-Rathe / LexObserver)

Hello, Lexington!

Good morning, happy Midnights release day (!!) and welcome to LexObserver’s Friday news roundup.

Two fun PSAs before we get to the news…

First, if you have some free time this Saturday, you can stop by the Community Endowment of Lexington’s event LexDoingGood at the Community Center tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to say hello to our publisher, Nicco! This event will also be a great way to meet community members involved with other nonprofits and town agencies.

Second, we’d love your help with some local Halloween appreciation this week. Do you, or your neighbors, have fantastic Halloween decorations? We want to hear from you! Please send any photos of local decorations that have caught your eye to by Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. for a chance to be featured in a website slideshow and/or on our social media.

Halloween aside, late October means we have a newsy few weeks ahead of us with Special Town Meeting and the midterms around the corner — you can expect more from us on both fronts in our next couple of editions.

This week, though, we wanted to take a thorough look at Sunday’s decision to pause a much-discussed 7:40 a.m. elementary school start time proposal, and how parents, educators and other community members have reacted.

In this issue:

Superintendent Julie Hackett announces pause on 7:40 a.m. elementary start time proposal

No change will be made to elementary start times for the 2023-24 school year; LPS administrative team opted to pause proposal after widespread parent backlash, mixed educator reactions

Less than three weeks after Superintendent Julie Hackett introduced a proposal for School Committee consideration to shift elementary school start times over an hour earlier next year, she put the proposal on hold.

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Community Announcement: Pat Flynn Youth Award Created

On Sunday, Oct. 3, on the historic Lexington Green, an enthusiastic group of comrades, friends and well-wishers cheered the news of the creation of the Pat Flynn Youth Award to honor Winston “Pat” Flynn, war hero and outstanding Lexington citizen, who was remembered in a ceremony with full military honors.

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Nicco Mele, Sophie Culpepper, Erin Sandler-Rathe and the LexObserver Team

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