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Lakeland School System

Lakeland Elementary nominated for national honor

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Lakeland Elementary School (LES) is in the running for a national honor. On Feb. 9, Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell announced that LES is one of six Tennessee schools nominated for the National Blue Ribbon School designation. LES was nominated as an “Exemplary High Performing School.” indicating that its scores were at least in the top […]

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Higher court denies Lakeland’s appeal in bond lawsuit

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Lakeland lost an appeal last Wednesday and now faces a handful of its citizens in court. The Tennessee Court of Appeals in Jackson, Tenn., announced Jan. 30 that the court denied an interlocutory appeal filed by the City of Lakeland in the lawsuit, Melton vs. Lakeland. (According to uslegal.com, an interlocutory appeal is “an appeal […]

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Lawsuit adds tension to Lakeland High project

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Cary and Lillie (Lou) Melton are among a group of Lakeland residents who refuse to accept their city’s and school district’s plans to issue $60 million in bonds without getting public approval. Of that amount, an estimated $36.5 million would be used to build a high school. The Meltons have taken it a step further, […]

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Lakeland considers $36.5M high school

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Central elements in the Nov. 9 Lakeland city board meeting were a presentation on a $36.5 million high school plan, establishment of a city court, and establishment of limits for less-desirable businesses. By request, Lakeland School System Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell provided an overview of build-out plans and estimated costs so the district can accommodate […]

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LSS tweaks budget for growing technology needs

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The Lakeland School System board added a technology position and an on-call substitute nurse at the Sept. 7 special-called meeting, as well as conducting other business. Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell asked for funds to hire an additional full-time technology employee for the district. Currently, the district and the city of Lakeland share one tech employee, […]

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LSS approves architect, consultant for LMPS athletic fields project

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In a brief special-called meeting on Thursday, the Lakeland school board approved two items to advance their athletic fields project. The board first approved an agreement with Renaissance Group Inc. to provide architectural services for the athletic fields project at Lakeland Middle Preparatory School. The project makes use of surplus funds from the LMPS building’s […]

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$3.5M surplus has LSS eying athletics project

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Construction of Lakeland Middle Preparatory School came in $3.5 million under budget, and the superintendent and school board have an idea what to do with those funds: Get a head start on the campus’s athletic fields with the help of another $1 million in funds set aside by the city. At the Aug. 14 school […]

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Lakeland welcomes public to tour new $20M middle school

Lakeland’s new $20-million middle school went from a spring 2016 groundbreaking to a ribbon cutting in one breathtaking year. On Sunday, officials welcomed an estimated 300 or more citizens into the pristine brick and stone-clad building. The 2017-18 school year begins on Monday, Aug. 7, openings its doors to about 600 students in grades 5-8. […]

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LSS to weigh dress code options

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Last week, the Lakeland school board carried over the topic of a standardized dress code for students until its next meeting, but all other items on the July 10 meeting’s agenda passed. In a lengthier discussion at a previous meeting on June 10, board member Geoff Hicks advocated using uniforms at both schools to save […]

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July 30 open house set for new Lakeland middle school

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The Lakeland School System is ready to unveil its new $20 million Lakeland Middle Preparatory School on July 30. Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell, the Lakeland School System Board of Education and LMPS principal Matt Adler will host the public and both elected and appointed officials at a dedication, ribbon cutting and open house for the […]

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Bartlett, Arlington & Lakeland public schools’ 2017-18 calendar

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The following combined school district calendar is for Bartlett City Schools, Arlington Community Schools and Lakeland School System. July 27-28 New teacher induction (Bartlett and Arlington) July 31 Professional development, morning; administrative day, afternoon. For teachers and administrative staff Aug. 1 Administrative day and student enrollment verification/new student registration day Aug. 2 Professional development, morning; […]

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Lakeland to weigh different dress codes

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Lakeland’s school board is considering either a “standardized dress code” or updating the district’s traditional dress code policy. After a lengthy discussion at the June 12 meeting, the board agreed to send out a survey to parents and hear a presentation from Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell at the July 10 meeting. The board’s goal is […]

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