For December, we are pleased to highlight Joe Poandl, Lakeland High School Class of 1989 graduate and Debbie Speedling, Walter Panas High School Class on 1983 graduate on the Alumni in Action web page. Both Debbie and Joe work for the Lakeland Central School District and their children are attending or have attended the District’s schools. Read their stories.
Greg Coen, an Assistant Director of Technology, is the November 2019 recipient of the Lakeland Central School District’s Mission Essential Recognition Award.
Board President Michael Daly and Superintendent Dr. George Stone presented Coen with the award in a surprise ceremony held December 4 at the Administration Building. Recipients are given a specially developed pin and certificate. All winners are then recognized at the year-end Board of Education meeting in June 2020. Greg has been with the district in the technology department since 2007.
“Greg exemplifies Lakeland's Mission Statement's practices and policies: respect, kindness, responsibility, accountability and honest and ethical behavior,” wrote the nominators. “Greg takes his responsibilities seriously and is always performing with dedication and boundless energy.
The Lakeland Central School District Board of Education has selected School Leadership, LLC as its superintendent search firm. The vote took place at its board meeting on Thursday, November 7, 2019 where the firm was approved unanimously by the board members in attendance. Current Superintendent Dr. George Stone previously announced that he will retire on June 30, 2020 after serving in his role for 10 years.
“One of the most significant responsibilities of a New York State school board is to hire and evaluate the Superintendent of Schools,” explained Michael Daly, LCSD BOE President. “At our July 11 meeting, the board determined that hiring a professional search firm would provide us with access to the quality of talent that Lakeland has come to expect from its leadership. After careful evaluation and positive referrals from multiple references, we determined that School Leadership was the best fit for our district.”
The Lakeland Education Foundation (LEF) will honor three district staff members and a community member at its annual Casino Night, Silent Auction, and Dinner Dance to be held at the Villa Barone in Mahopac on Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Three outstanding supporters of the LEF and the students of the Lakeland Central School District are this year’s honorees: Lakeland High School Principal Christopher Cummings, Lakeland High School Social Studies Teacher Maureen O’Donnell, and Superintendent Dr. George Stone. Also being honored is Nancy Brophy, director and owner of Tom Thumb Preschool. Read more about the honorees.