Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!
Over 1,800 Pre-K to 12th grade students return to school on Sept. 5, eager for the opportunity to make new friends, see old friends, participate in activities and sports, and engage in learning. Like every year, our faculty renews their commitment to unlocking the potential of each student.
If you are new to Lackawanna or this is the first year with your child in our district, we welcome you. I think you will find this a great place to learn and grow. The school staff will stand ready to welcome you and will help you find ways to become involved in support of our schools and classrooms.
As we begin this year, we will continue our focus on instructional leadership in all buildings. All building administrators will continue their work with the PLC through a coaching model that is aimed to provide teachers with “best practice” teaching strategies that will improve student achievement.
Our five-year strategic plan has been developed and is going through its final revision in August. This plan, once fully implemented, will serve as a roadmap that will challenge the status quo, focus on continuous improvement and create the foundation for the Lackawanna Public Schools to become an exceptional 21st century school district.
Our $27 million capital project is moving along on schedule and is expected to be completed in 2019. This project includes new roofs, windows and doors at Truman Elementary and at the middle/high school building on Martin Road. The bulk of the project is dedicated to the secondary campus and includes new high school science labs and a new middle school technology room, art room and home and careers room. The main corridor connecting the two buildings will house all of the common pupil personnel services such as social workers, guidance teachers, nurse’s office, OT/PT and attendance. There is a new high school cafeteria planned that will accommodate 600 students when the district undertakes flipping the buildings for the fall of 2018. There are also two new secure entrances planned for students in the front of the building facing the U drive.
This year will be bittersweet for me as I plan to move into the next phase of life - retirement. The district hired Keith Lewis as the new assistant superintendent who will be working closely with me and all of the stakeholders to continue improving our schools. Keith is a life-long resident of the city as well as a graduate of the Lackawanna Public Schools Class of 1986.
I would be remiss if I did not mention that it has been my pleasure to serve as the superintendent of the Lackawanna City School District for the last five years. I am proud of my administrative team, faculty and staff who work very diligently every day on behalf of your children. I am confident that all our hard work will continue and will be sustained for many years to come. I am certain that the Lackawanna Public Schools are headed in the right direction.
Superintendent of Schools