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2020-2021 Budget and Trustee Vote
June 9
Election will be held remotely,
by Absentee Ballot only

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Reflections
June 05, 2020
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I have been encouraged to reflect on the events of the past week. As I end my tenure here in Lakeland and approach retirement, I am able to take certain liberties and speak slightly deeper from my heart. These thoughts are my thoughts and do not necessarily represent anyone but myself or any other affiliates or organizations.

What happened to George Floyd was horrific and brought me to tears as I viewed it. It demonstrates a need to examine and reform our policies and procedures in so many areas of our society and how all citizens of our country are treated. While I believe that protests (and in some cases violent protests) would have broken out even as the single event took place and triggered the last link in a chain that has broken too many times, the actions may also have been fueled by months of pent up frustration, fear, anger, and radical changes to our normal way of life. Americans are not used to being quarantined in their homes, around the clock, day in and day out. (read more)
June 04, 2020
BUDGET VOTE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. I have to sign the ballot envelope. How will my vote be anonymous?
The folded ballots will be removed from the envelopes and placed in a separate anonymous ballot box and the envelopes placed in another. The ballots will be counted with no envelopes attached and will remain completely anonymous.
2. Why am I getting a ballot from the Lakeland Central School District and the Yorktown School District?
We cannot control the voter lists we receive from Westchester County, but we have a listing of all Lakeland addresses. each return address is checked to ensure it lies within the Lakeland boundaries. If a non-resident completes a ballot and returns it to us it will not be counted.
June 03, 2020
June 02, 2020

Process For Opening And Counting Of Absentee Ballots
Ballots for the Lakeland Central School District Budget and Trustee Vote can be dropped off in the secure ballot box located at the same entrance where our annual election is held each year, the Gymnasium entrance at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School. Rt. 6, Mohegan Lake, across from the Cortlandt Town Center. We want to provide an option for voters to help ensure all ballots are received by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 9th as required. Ballots can be dropped off from the time they are received by the voter, through June 9th at 5:00 p.m."

Dr. George E. Stone
Lakeland Central School District
@Drgeorgestone
June 02, 2020
It has come to the District’s attention that videos of Walter Panas and Lakeland High School students using racially insensitive language have been circulating on social media. Several of these have been reported to their respective schools and are being investigated by the school administration. Based on initial findings, these incidents appear to have taken place in the past, several years ago, and are now being recirculated. It is important for everyone to remember that any behavior that violates the Code of Conduct, and/or leads to a DASA investigation, even when school is not in session, will be investigated thoroughly, and will result in the appropriate consequences.  

Given the tragic and unsettling death of George Floyd in late May, our country is upset, grieving, angry, and demanding action and justice. While these videos are never acceptable, they are particularly unacceptable at this time. No one benefits from hearing racist language, regardless of the intention. As we conclude the school year, our teachers are spending time engaged in productive discussions and activities that address issues of racism, discrimination, sexism, and social justice, among other topics, that are designed to give everyone a voice and identify ways to handle these issues productively. We ask everyone, at this time, to be a part of the solution, not the problem. Thank you.
June 01, 2020
* The absentee ballots for the school elections are being sent directly from the printer and were mailed to residents via USPS on Friday, May 29th. They should arrive in the next few days.

* Please complete and return them as quickly as possible.
They can be returned via USPS or placed in a secured ballot box located outside of the gymnasium at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School, 3100 E. Main St. (Route 6), Lake Mohegan. This is Lakeland's annual voting location.

* All ballots must be returned by 5:00 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

*  PLEASE NOTE: THE SCHOOL BUDGET AND TRUSTEE BALLOT IS SEPARATE AND DIFFERENT FROM THE JUNE 23rd PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOT.  THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE ELECTIONS

* June 9th is the School District Budget and Trustee Vote, June 23rd is the Democratic Primary Vote.

Thank you for your understanding as we try to meet the Governor's Executive Order.

Dr. George E. Stone
Lakeland Central School District
gstone@lakelandschools.org

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