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Lakeland School System

LSS OKs next year’s budget, discusses teacher compensation

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At Monday’s meeting, Lakeland School System’s board members approved the budget for the 2017-18 school year. The budget shows $13,520,421.91 in general fund revenues and other financing sources. They also heard an update on the construction of Lakeland Preparatory Middle School, discussed teachers’ salaries and conducted routine school board business. Dr. James B. Mitchell Jr. […]

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Collegiate Corner for Feb. 23, 2017

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Colleges and universities have the following announcements about area students. Honors Angel A. Mercado of Bartlett has been named to the fall 2016 dean’s list for Rhodes College. Qualifying students must be enrolled in at least 16 credit hours of academic work and must achieve a semester grade point average of 3.70 or better. Mercado […]

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Lakeland schools set legislative agenda to benefit students, teachers

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The 2017 legislative agenda drew the most discussion at Monday night’s Lakeland School System meeting. The three primary focuses of the board’s agenda are local control of schools, funding improvements and modification of Public Chapter 680. The latter item would enable the Department of Education to work with stakeholders in developing an accountability system that […]

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LSS: 2017 Legislative Agenda

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[Editor’s note: This legislative agenda was copied from the Lakeland School System’s website.] Local Control of Schools We believe that local Boards of Education (BOEs) are best equipped and informed to make decisions that address the needs and challenges of their local schools. In keeping with that principle, we support the following: • The appointment of—rather […]

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At a Glance for Jan. 12, 2017

How much snow did you get this weekend? By midday Friday, local snow reports included 0.9 inches for Bartlett, 2 inches for Germantown, 1 inch for Cordova and 2.5 inches for Memphis. Let us see what fun you had or what snow and ice challenges you faced. Send your snow photos to bartlett.editor@journalinc.com for publication […]

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LSS specifies TN legislation it favors or opposes

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Lakeland’s school board approved its 2017 legislative agenda at the Jan. 10 meeting, received an update on the new middle school’s construction, granted an 18-month extension on construction of a cell tower at the elementary school, and elected new school board officers, among other business. The board’s one-page 2017 legislative agenda summarizes the district’s stance […]

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State releases report cards on Bartlett, Arlington, Lakeland schools

Standardized test scores for local public schools look sobering, although educators are cautioning that parents should view them with a grain of salt. Perhaps several grains. The data from the 2015-16 school year (the latest-available data, released on Dec. 13) shows widespread score drops, but it is a “recalibration” year based on a new test. […]

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Lakeland sees little state data on student achievement

The Lakeland School System doesn’t have a lot of standardized testing data from the state to measure student achievements this year, through no fault of their own. On Tuesday, Tennessee released the “school reports cards” based on standardized testing data, but only high school data was included. At Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Ted […]

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Lakeland picks early bell time for new school

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Lakeland will keep its current 9 a.m. start time for the elementary school and use an 8 a.m. start-time for the new middle school. The school board was considering a change but decided against that in a split vote at a Dec. 1 special-called meeting. The board’s decision goes against the recommendation of their consultant, […]

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LSS weighs changing school start times for 2017-18

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Lakeland school leaders are debating what the best school start times are once they launch a middle school next year. They heard a scholarly presentation Monday night on why middle-school students need school start times of around 8:30 a.m. or later so the children aren’t fighting biology to stay alert no matter how good the […]

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LSS updates its policies, preps legislative agenda

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The Lakeland School System’s board passed new a new policy about preventing and treating sports-related concussions, updated the operating budget and conducted other business at its Sept. 8 meeting. In other action board members updated policies on discipline procedures, child abuse and neglect, and homeless students. They also approved an emergency preparedness plan and the […]

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Lakeland Expo 2016

The annual Lakeland Expo, held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 20 at Lakeland Elementary School, drew guests to browse products and services that local businesses offer. Attendees also enjoyed demos and door prizes, as well as face painting, balloon twisting and games for the children. For more information, email ginny@mylakelandchamber.org.

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