Lakewood Families & Community,
Heading into a new year always causes me to pause and reflect on what I am grateful for and to look ahead with anticipation to new opportunities. As I reflect about our district, there are so many things I am grateful for: highly competent and committed staff who are focused on student success, a community that is engaged and truly cares for our kids, and students who continuously strive for high levels of personal success in all they do. This year I am also grateful for the contributions of our exiting school board members, Tim Phillips, Trisha Good and Judy White. Their commitment to our students is a great example to us all and I look forward to working with them in new ways.
This year also brings exciting new opportunities:
- I am excited to work with our new school board and welcome new board members Tara Houdeshell, Bill Pollard and Jon Lynch. I know that, like existing school board members Bill Gulick and Steve Thorp, they are committed to our students and I look forward to all of their ideas to continue to grow student success at Lakewood.
- We are also moving forward on next steps for our new elementary school this Spring and I can not think of anything we need more for our students than a 21st century learning environment for our littlest Lancers.
- And new learning opportunities abound for our students as we grow our connection with local businesses through our Business Advisory Council. What an exciting rest of the school year ahead!
I also understand that with winter upon us, school closings and delays are on all of our minds. We realize that our decision to open or close schools, have a two-hour delay or resort to an early release in bad weather has an impact on families. First and foremost, our goal is always to have students safe and in school to optimize student learning and achievement. We know that certain weather conditions cause us to evaluate forecasts, current weather conditions, certain road conditions and the status of our bus drivers and bus fleet.
Temperatures below freezing may not be a reason for a school closure as this depends on the bus fleet. Please make sure children have coats, hats and gloves ready in case of very cold mornings. We will accept gently used coats at the buildings for those in need. Please connect with your building principal to pick-up or drop off any.
Road conditions vary from the eastern side to the western side of our district. Be assured that we are driving the roads during the very early hours of the morning to make this determination.
We will communicate and provide timely information to you as we work to make a decision to close school. Please sign up for alerts from the district here as well as your preferred TV station, as those will be the first media outlets to be informed.
If you would like to better understand school closing details, please review the Q&A on our School Closings & Delays webpage. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.
I wish you all a safe and happy 2018 and look forward to working together to support student learning and achievement.
Mary Kay Andrews, Superintendent