More News

June 05, 2020
Versión en español haga clic aquí
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
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
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.


* 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
K-12 Summer Reading Lists Online
June 01, 2020
June 01, 2020
Although our students can’t share in person this year, they have done an excellent job sharing their hard work here virtually.  The seniors have each prepared a video of their research, while the underclassmen have shared their posters. 
Prepare to be thoroughly impressed with their knowledge. We thank Dr. Stone, The Board of Education, the administration, the teachers, and the parents for all of their support.  I especially want to thank Mrs. Stephanie Massey and Mr. Frank Tamweber, our science research teachers, for their guidance of our students all year long.
Lakeland Central School District Science Symposium
Lakeland Central School District Science Symposium Booklet
Mrs. Patricia Viggiano-Director of Curriculum, Science K-12
May 27, 2020
Class of 2020-2
May 27, 2020
Matthew Swift, Walter Panas Alum, Class of 2014, is an engineer for SpaceEx. Matthew in collaboration with a team of engineers conceptualized and designed the world's first reusable orbital rocket, the Falcon 9. The launch took place on Saturday, May 30, taking two American astronauts to the ISS for the first time in 10 years since the space shuttle retired. This rocket will reconceptualize American spaceflight and catapult our country into the next space exploration era in globally competitive times. The launch will be aired on NASA Live ( as well as major networks.
We are incredibly proud of Matthew and all his accomplishments.
Learn more about Matthew's accomplishments at
Dr. Lyons
May 05, 2020
Dr. Brendan Lyons brings 25 years of public education experience to the position
Shrub Oak, NY – May 5, 2020 – The Lakeland Central School District (LCSD) Board of Education (BOE) announced at its May 5, 2020 meeting that Brendan Lyons, Ed.D., Arlington Central School District Superintendent, has been appointed as its new Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2020.
Lyons will replace Dr. George Stone, who previously announced that he will retire on June 30, 2020 after serving in his role for 10 years. The BOE conducted a rigorous eight-month search before selecting Lyons, an established superintendent with extensive experience leading a diverse school district including strong financial management skills and a background in curriculum and instruction both as an administrator and classroom teacher. (read more)
April 16, 2020
Versión en español haga clic aquí
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)

Versión en español haga clic aquí
Dear Families:
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.
(read more)
Alumni in Action
Lakeland Central School District graduates can be found in a wide variety of occupations throughout multiple geographic areas.  On Alumni in Action webpages, we will be highlighting some of those graduates while providing a glimpse into their lives after graduating from Walter Panas or Lakeland high school.  (read more)
Inside Lakeland Schools

Inside the magazine, you’ll find information on a wide range of programs; academics, the arts, athletics, and technology, etc. ( 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

Follow the Lakeland Central School District Art Department on Instagram @lcsdarts to view our talented students work. Each school is represented and has its hashtag: #lhsarts19#wphsarts19,#lcbmsarts19
and #vcesarts19.