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These Merion 5th Graders are Legal Eagles!
These Merion 5th Graders are Legal Eagles!

Students from Ms. Friedlander's fifth-grade class at Merion Elementary School made an appearance in Federal Court on May 10, 2022, but they had no worries about facing the judge.

The students participated in the Federal Court essay contest promoted by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The class researched the meaning of the "Rule of Law," met with Judge Marjorie "MIdge" Rendell and wrote a strong class essay on the topic.

Judge Rendell, a Senior Judge on the Third Circuit of Appeals, was extremely impressed with their knowledge on the subject. The students were one of two classes recognized as finalists in the contest, which was open to fifth and sixth grade classes in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and U.S. Virgin Islands.

During their visit to Federal Court, Mrs. Friedlander's class appeared in the Ceremonial Courtroom before judges of the District Court, as well as judges of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Congratulations to LMSD's budding legal scholars!

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.