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)
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."
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.
* 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
Lakeland Central School District Science Symposium
Lakeland Central School District Science Symposium Booklet
Dear parents of our special needs students;
We have now fully entered into what I think of as the second phase of our response to the state ordered response to the Covid 19 Pandemic. Our initial actions supported our students through Google classrooms where information and activities were housed for students and families. These supports were never meant to be a long term response to this dilemma, but rather a support while we receive additional direction from the federal and state governments. That direction having been provided, along with Governor Cuomo’s extension of the precautions through May 15th, brings with it the clear need to plan for our students over a longer term. In addition to an expectation that we need to support students through a long term separation from school, we must acknowledge that the length of this term could extend well into or through June. (read more)
In an effort to aggressively slow the spread of COVID-19, New York State’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has ordered the closure of all schools in the state of New York first through April 1, 2020, and now through the 15th. In addition, there is an indication that schools may be ordered to remain closed for a longer period in an effort to continue social distancing and slow the rate at which this virus spreads. Just last month the Lakeland CSD Special Education Office hosted an open house for our SEPTA parents. We discussed how it was our intention to schedule “open door Fridays” for parents to come in without an appointment and visit with me if they wished. It is amazing to me how much things have changed in so short a time. Now our doors are closed, and communication opportunities have drastically changed.
Inside the magazine, you’ll find information on a wide range of programs; academics, the arts, athletics, and technology, etc. (http://www.lakelandschools.org/district/inside_lakeland_schools.php. You’ll also learn about the departments that support these programs and so much more. This is the first edition but check back in the future for updates and additions. If you would like to request a printed copy, go to http://www.lakelandschools.org/district/request_for_printed_copy.php.