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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE FIRST DAYS OF MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dear Middle School Families,

I trust you are enjoying the summer and keeping cool in the heat. The start of the upcoming school year may seem far off, but our District staff are busy preparing for the exciting changes at the middle schools, such as the opening of Black Rock and the new grade configurations at Bala Cynwyd and Welsh Valley. I know rumors are circulating that Black Rock might not be ready in time for the start of the school year, but I am pleased and elated to confirm that BRMS will be open for the first day of school on Sept. 6, 2022.

Though all of our buildings will be ready to open, we are slightly revising the schedules for the first days of the year for middle school students to adjust to the many changes and transitions. More specifically, with so many middle schoolers assigned to new schools this year, we feel the revisions outlined below will enable new students and staff to become more comfortable in their buildings in smaller groups, before all students are in the buildings together.

Opening Schedule for Bala Cynwyd and Welsh Valley Middle Schools

  • Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022:
    • Grades 5 & 6: Full Day,
    • Grades 7 & 8: No School
  • Wednesday, September 7th:
    • Grades 5-8: Full Day for all students

Opening Schedule for Black Rock Middle School

  • Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022:
    • Grades 5 & 6: Full Day
    • Grades 7 & 8: No School
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022
    • Grades 5 & 6: No School
    • Grades 7 & 8: Full Day
  • Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022:
    • Grades 5-8: Full Day for all students

Identified Special Education students at all three middle schools will attend full days beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. Families will be notified by Student Services if this applies to their child.

On all of these dates, buses will operate on the regular 2022-2023 schedule that will be shared with families via the PowerSchool Parent Portal prior to the start of the school year.

Thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding. We are confident this staggered start to the middle school year will support our efforts to create a sense of belonging and build a positive school climate for all of our fifth through eighth graders.

Sincerely,

Khalid N. Mumin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

LMSD Superintendent Selection Announced

The LM School Board will vote on the selection of Dr. Khalid N. Mumin as the next Superintendent on Monday.

The Lower Merion Board of School Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Khalid N. Mumin as Superintendent of Schools following the upcoming retirement of Supt. Robert Copeland. The Board hopes to formally approve Dr. Mumin's appointment at a special meeting on Monday, August 23, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. that will be followed by a "meet-and-greet" so that he can be introduced to community members. Dr. Mumin will begin his service to LMSD this fall.

Dr. Mumin comes to Lower Merion from the Reading School District where he has served as Superintendent of Schools since 2014. Prior to holding that position, he was Superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools in Maryland. He has also served as Director of Elementary Education and middle school principal in the Centennial School District and as a middle school principal in New Hope-Solebury in Bucks County. Dr. Mumin began his career teaching language arts and secondary English.

Dr. Mumin grew up in Philadelphia's Logan neighborhood and received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, his Master's Degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Penn State and his Bachelor's Degree in English from Shippensburg, after earning an Associate's Degree in the Liberal Arts from Northeastern Christian Junior College, on the site where the new LMSD Middle School is under construction. He is the author of "Problem Child: Leading Students Living in Poverty Towards Infinite Possibilities of Success," a book that is part autobiography and part educational blueprint. He is married to Dr. Latrice N. Mumin

Dr. Mumin describes himself as a student-centered educator, who has a vision of success for all students and a belief that building positive relationships through cultural competencies is paramount in promoting student success. He is a change agent committed to promoting and sustaining student achievement, equity and access to educational programming for all students, as well as creating plans that are fiscally responsible. Dr. Mumin maintains a keen focus on fostering collaboration with stakeholders, including students, parents/guardians, teachers and other school staff, administrators, community members, public officials, business partners and higher education institutions.

Dr. Mumin has a documented history of success of possessing excellent leadership skills and has been recognized nationally as a "School Board Savvy Superintendent." He has also received several awards as follows: Superintendent to Watch (National School Public Relations Association, 2016), Champion for Youth (Mentors for Berks, 2017), Excellence in Educational Leadership (Boscov's, 2016), Courageous Institution Award (Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, 2017), Amigo Award (Daniel Torres Centro Hispano, 2017), Innovative School Leader (Pennsylvania School Boards Association, 2018), Jesse S. Heiges Distinguished Alumni Award (Shippensburg University, 2019) and Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year (Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, 2021).

"I look forward to joining the team at Lower Merion School District," Dr. Mumin said. "This is a vibrant community with outstanding students, families, staff members and residents. I am beyond excited to begin collaborating and building sustainable partnerships that will continue to support Lower Merion students and help them achieve infinite possibilities."

The Lower Merion Board of School Directors engaged in a comprehensive search process and interviewed numerous highly qualified candidates before selecting Dr. Mumin. Board members expressed their gratitude to the wide array of community stakeholders who shared their thoughts on what the priorities and qualifications of our next superintendent should be.

Board President Lucy Klain said, "His proven track record in areas including fiscal responsibility, educational equity and inclusion, as well as prior experience with a 5-8 middle school reconfiguration make Dr. Mumin an ideal candidate to lead our District at this time. The Board is confident he will serve our students and the wider community with the level of excellence that makes our District one of the best in the country."

In the coming months, Dr. Mumin will be hosting a variety of welcome events so that students, staff and community members may get to know him, and so that he can hear directly from members of the school community about the educational issues and concerns that are most important to them. Information about these upcoming "meet-and-greet" opportunities will be shared soon and communicated widely to Lower Merion School District families and the broader community via District email and on the District website, LMSD.org.