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City schools looking to build on summer success

With schools starting Wednesday, Brookhaven school officials have been preparing for the upcoming school year on their six campuses.

     Superintendent Dr. Lisa Karmacharya said she hopes to carry the success that started over the summer into the school year.

     “We have had a really good summer preparing for this school year,” she said. “We’re looking to continue with our efforts to continue student achievements.”

     Karmacharya said the school would keep working toward their goals.

     “We’re looking forward to the students coming back and working with them,” she said. “We’re going to continue with our three goals: effective communication at all levels, consistency and purpose and effort, leading and learning with the spirit of cooperation.”

     Karmacharya also touted the success of the district’s “one-stop shopping” registration event held at C.H. Lipsey School.

     “Our first one-stop shop for registration was incredibly successful and we’re really proud of that,” she said. “We plan to do that again next year.”

     The district’s new employees started work Wednesday and all teachers reported Thursday.

     Over the course of the year, Karmacharya said there are many things to look forward to.

     “Homecoming is always a huge event,” she said. “So is our first football game against Lawrence County. We’re looking forward to a lot of exciting things throughout the year at all the schools.”

     Karmacharya is starting her second full school year as superintendent of Brookhaven Schools, but she said her excitement is the same as during her first year.

     “I am just as excited today as I was at this time last year,” she said. “I’m fired up about the staff we have in place and the level of professionalism we have. I am proud to be a part of it.”

     Karmacharya pointed out that many of the school year’s big events occur at the beginning, which makes for a fast start.

     “We have a lot of things going on right at first,” she said.

     She then pointed out Aug. 6 is the meet and greet at Martin Elementary, Brookhaven Elementary, Lipsey and Alexander Junior High. The freshmen meet and greet at Brookhaven High School on Monday. The football jamboree at Clinton is on Aug. 10. The Meet the Panthers event is on Aug. 13.

     “So we have a lot of initial activities for students and parents,” she said.