I am excited about where we are headed as we continue through the school year.
Our new and remodeled school buildings made possible by passage of Issue 14 in May of 2015 are moving ahead on time, and on budget.
- New community athletic fields located on State Route 43 are in place and will be ready for youth softball games by the spring of 2017, football/soccer games by the fall of 2017.
- The new UE playground (in back of the school) is complete and has been well received by both students and staff.
- Site development of the grades 2-6 building is now complete, and the construction bid process will be complete for both the grades 2-6 and 7-12 buildings by the end of January, 2017.
- Plans call for actual construction of the 2-6 and 7-12 building to start in the early spring of 2017 this year.
- New furniture for kindergarten and third grade will be going out to the buildings soon for kid testing and review.
Thank you again for your support of Issue 14.
Staff districtwide have worked hard since last fall to use new software to support their teaching and learning. Additionally, nine Clear Touch interactive computer panels have also been placed throughout the district on a trial basis.
Meanwhile, at Lake High School, our new Career Tech GenYes program taught by Frank Pilato has been an outstanding addition to our curriculum. GenYes allows a class of sophomores, juniors, and seniors to troubleshoot computer and software issues for students/staff, provide training on IT topics, learn about app design and Info Systems, and provide support for our learning management system, CANVAS.
Our School Resource Officers, Dave McKay and Laura Blackstock, completed training last fall to become certified Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officers. Both feel this training has been valuable and beneficial. They are now leading lessons to multiple grades including K-3, fifth, and seventh grade.
At Hartville and Lake Elementary, Mason, our new school therapy dog, has been supporting students and staff since his arrival last November. His trained handlers, Counselors Shirley Oberdier and Katy Yoder, completed years of planning and preparation to bring Mason here. Teachers use Mason as a reward for good behavior and inspiring curriculum based dog related classroom activities. He also supports the counselors by building trust and rapport, and reducing anxiety among students. As Mason becomes more acclimated he will be used throughout the entire district.
Thank you to all the sponsors who helped bring Mason to our schools: West Side Vet Hospital in Alliance, Hartville Elevator, Hartville Elementary PTO, Lake Elementary PTO, American Countertops Inc., Bill Sloan of Stouffer Realty, Hartville Hardware, Frost Grooming, and K9Grass.
Finally, following strategic planning this fall and recent approval by our Board of Education, we have a new district mission statement: Educating Generations, Serving Our Community. We believe this new mission statement accurately reflects our district’s culture of service to others and engaging with our community.
Every day, with the support of staff that I am proud to lead, we strive to fulfill this mission here at Lake Local Schools.