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Mary Kay Andrews - Superintendent - Lakewood Local School District  

As the year comes to a close, I’ve really seen the connection between our students and the community in action. Even in my first few days as the Superintendent here, I was struck by the way the community has its arms wrapped around the students. It’s a closeness you can feel in our buildings every day. That connectedness is a key to student success. In just the last few months, I’ve seen countless ways that the community supports student learning:

 

·         Our Get on Track program at the High School that is completely run by community volunteers who offer programs that support career and college readiness

·         The Career Express experience that was offered at COTC this year to all high school Juniors – a conference style experience where students selected classes and experiences to learn more about careers they are interested in

·         The 30+ parents and community members who came into classrooms throughout the year to teach students of all ages about their careers

·         Internship opportunities through Park National Bank, THK and others that provide real life experiences for our students

·         The Reality Store at the middle school that teaches our students how to make life decisions regarding their finances

·         Attending events like ball games, track meets, choir and band concerts and drama

And I see our students finding new ways to support our community. Every day when I drive down 40 and see the adopt a highway sign that says “Lakewood National Honors Society” I feel so proud to know that our students choose to give back to the community that gives so much to them. This year we’ve also had students active in many community service projects: Jump Rope for Heart, student led Veteran’s luncheons and assemblies, collecting food for the food pantry and items to send to the military, the Humane Society, Salvation Army and local nursing home patients, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters as Lunch Buddies, the Book drive for the Licking County Reading Foundation and many more.

Growing students who are prepared for life after high school truly takes a unified partnership between the schools and the community and I know that Lakewood has that kind of partnership. It’s been especially evident as we’re working with community members to plan for potential new elementary schools and educating the community about district finances through our Finance Task Force.

Our Elementary School Planning Team has visited over 5 school districts and has been meeting since January. Our next meeting is May 17th at 6:00, LHS library.

Our Finance Task Force had its first meeting where we explored the demographics of the district. A few highlights from our discussion are listed here: 

         · Lakewood schools has some of the lowest taxes in a 3 county radius

         · All the district’s debt will be paid off completely in the next 9 years

         · The district has a per pupil property value of $220,728 compared to the state average at $141,431

         · The district has spent less than it’s brought in since 2005

         · The cost to maintain older buildings has become more expensive over time

 · Our community is the 154th wealthiest of 613 school districts in Ohio, which means that if we build and renovate, we currently would receive 12% support from the state

Sharing this information with the community is critical to their ability to develop a recommendation for our school board and we’d love for all of you to attend future sessions with us to learn more. Our next meeting is May 8th in the high school library at 6:00.

In closing, I’d like to offer my sincere appreciation to all of you for everything you do to support our kids. You are our community and I feel privileged/honored to lead our staff at Lakewood in preparing successful community members of the future.

Sincerely,

Mary Kay Andrews

Superintendent

 
 
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Lakewood Local School District
525 E. Main Street
Hebron, OH 43025
(740) 928-5878
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