Maxey Elementary School celebrates 25 years

Maxey Elementary School celebrated its 25th anniversary at a special event on Sunday, one that featured its first principal and family members of the school's namesake.

The school is named after JoAnn Maxey, who was Nebraska's first female African-American state senator and the first African-American member of the Lincoln Board of Education. She passed away from cancer in 1992 at the age of 54. Her daughter Charlene Maxey-Harris spoke at Sunday's event, as did Pat Decker, who served as the school's principal from its opening until 2011.

Also speaking were LPS Superintendent Steve Joel, Lincoln Board of Education President Lanny Boswell and current Principal Suzanne Reimers. 

At the end of the program, music teacher Sylvia Bailey - who has taught at Maxey since it opened - led the fifth-grade choir and strings players in the school song. 

Published: September 30, 2019, Updated: September 30, 2019