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  • Ph.D. , school administration
    Indiana State University
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Merrillville Superintendent Tony ..., 13 Mar 2013 [cached]
Merrillville Superintendent Tony Lux said he was aware of the incident and talked to the girl's mother Monday, who posted comments about the incident on her Facebook page.
Lux said he viewed the video and talked to Straub on Monday. He said several administrators and the school resource officer investigated the incident and reviewed the video, which came from the school's hallway cameras.
Lux said the investigation was not finished last week when the parent came in and one of the boys was absent from school. He said the investigation was completed Monday, and the two boys will be suspended. He said the school policy calls for a suspension ranging from one to three days.
Lux said the parent wanted to file some sort of charge against the two boys, but the SRO officer explained the incident did not warrant a police complaint. There is also no record on file that the parent filed a complaint with the Merrillville Police Department.
Lux said school officials attempted to notify the parent to report the incident to her but the telephone number on file was not correct.
Straub said she is glad to hear the boys will be suspended but she also thinks the Pierce administrators should be reprimanded for the way they handled the incident.
In an email response to the newspaper, Straub also said she sent an updated phone number to the school district and the school has emergency phone numbers for her mother and fiance. Straub said she intends to withdraw her daughter and consider homeschooling; she plans to move in the summer.
Tags Pierce Middle School, Facebook, Tony Lux, Sexual Harassment, Local Education
Merrillville Chamber of Commerce, 2 Dec 2010 [cached]
Dr. Tony Lux, Superintendent of Schools
M'ville commencement the last for ..., 15 June 2013 [cached]
M'ville commencement the last for Superintendent Tony Lux
2013-06-15T19:15:00Z 2013-06-15T19:22:14Z Merrillville's Tony Lux reflects on tenure, diversityCarmen McCollum, (219) 662-5337
-- outgoing Merrillville schools Superintendent Tony Lux
MERRILLVILLE | Perhaps outgoing Merrillville schools Superintendent Tony Lux's most outstanding quality over his nearly 30-year career was how he faced the challenges of a changing school district and community, managed to maintain good test scores and fostered harmony and friendship among an increasingly diverse student body.
As Merrillville's population has transformed the past three decades to include a black majority, so has the school district changed, with minority students now comprising the majority, which Lux said required him to focus on the district's diversity and embrace it.
Lux is retiring from Merrillville Community School Corp.on June 30 after 29 years with the district. He served the first 10 years as assistant superintendent to former Superintendent Robert Shrenker and the past 19 years as superintendent.
Over that time, Lux worked to develop a respectful, successful relationship with the school Board of Trustees, teachers and administrators. He knew the names of many students and their parents.
Under his leadership, Merrillville's school district has become one of the most diverse school corporations in the state, a so-called minority-majority school corporation, while also maintaining high academic standards.
Lux said the 2012 ISTEP-Plus passing percentage for students in grades three through eight combined are the highest in the history of state testing at the school looking back 20 years.
Lux remembers a time when there was a racial incident at the school soon after he took office. There was a community meeting following the incident in 1994, and Lux said the district had to look at what path it was going to take.
"We had a conversation about what people wanted for their kids," he said of the public meeting. "Everyone wanted the same thing - a good environment for their children and a good education," he said.
"We went through years of training with our teachers and administrators to understand different values and cultures," he said, sitting in his office for an interview. "Over the years, it became our strength rather than our disadvantage."
Lux said he has welcomed the chance to address the issue of race at public meetings with community groups throughout Northwest Indiana.
"When race is involved, people have a tendency of making generalizations and stereotypes, but our kids graduate and go to Big 10 schools and Ivy League schools, and they do well," he said.
While Lux said the district does not have problems with graffiti, gangs and racial strife, he said it does deal with serious issues that crop up in the community and carry over into the school day.
All eight of Merrillville's schools have been renovated to provide up-to-date energy efficiency and learning environments with state-of-the-art technology.
Another example of the district's success is the 115 people who applied for a handful of administrative openings, Lux said.
Lux said the next generation of leaders now taking over at the school will be under the leadership of longtime Assistant Superintendent Mark Sperling, who becomes the new Merrillville school superintendent July 1.
Lux said he has no regrets as he leaves office.
"It's been a dream career for me," he said. "I am proud of the staff and what we have accomplished here. The only regret is not being able to stem the tide of people moving out of town. You want to see Northwest Indiana overcome those fears of diversity. It's going to happen in every community."
For his outstanding efforts in the school corporation, his ability to speak out in a frank, supportive way about school issues to leaders in Indianapolis and all his other accomplishments, Lux was presented the Sagamore of the Wabash award last week during a party in his honor. Local legislators also named him an honorary member of the Indiana House of Representatives.
"It was very humbling," he said.
Tony Lux, Merrillville Community School Corp., Local Education
MERRILLVILLE | Veteran school ..., 31 Jan 2013 [cached]
MERRILLVILLE | Veteran school Superintendent Tony Lux on Tuesday announced his retirement from Merrillville Community School Corp. effective June 30.
Lux, 66, of Crown Point, said it's time. He has been with the Merrillville district for 29 years, 19 as superintendent.
Lux said he is especially proud of the school district's commitment to and success in demonstrating diversity can work.
"That's what we refer to as the Merrillville advantage," he said.
The board appointed Merrillville Assistant Superintendent Mark Sperling to replace Lux, effective July 1.
"Tony Lux was always centered on increasing student achievement throughout the corporation, and he did an excellent job of hiring and training administrators throughout his tenure as superintendent.
Lux has had numerous awards, honors and accolades over the years and was a teacher, coach and principal at public and parochial schools in Illinois before coming to Merrillville.
Prior to being named Merrillville superintendent in 1994, Lux served as the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum and personnel from 1984 to 1994. During Lux's tenure as superintendent, the district's ISTEP-Plus performance increased in math and in practically every student subgroup at almost every grade level.
Lux has been chosen by members of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents twice as the District I Superintendent of the Year. District I includes Fulton, Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke counties.
Lux serves on a variety of boards, commissions and councils. He is a 1969 graduate of Lewis University and earned his Master of Science and doctoral degrees from Indiana State University.
Tags Merrillville Community School Corp., Tony Lux, Retirement, Local Education
"The Common Core Standards are more ..., 22 Jan 2013 [cached]
"The Common Core Standards are more rigorous and demand more of students," Merrillville Superintendent Tony Lux said.
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