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Lakeland Schools Fixed Up For Returning Students

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Shiny floors, paved parking lots and clean classrooms will be ready to greet returning Lakeland students next week as the district finishes work in its eight schools.

"I think the buildings look great," said Superintendent George Stone.

Other than the usual refurbishing and repainting, district employees also paved sidewalks and parking lots at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

"Jefferson has always had less parking than everybody else, and we have a front grassy area they would park on anyway," said Director of Communications Jim VanDevelde. "So we formalized it this year. It’s something we've been wanting to do for a few years."

Stone said the paving was put on the agenda this summer because the district is moving its elementary school autism program, Aspire, from Lincoln Titus Elementary School to Thomas Jefferson. A reason for the move was to keep enrollment balanced across its elementary schools, Stone said.

District employees also transformed some rooms at Walter Panas High School to make more room and build a science lab for Oasis, the high school autism program. There also was remodeling done in Lakeland High School's front office.

"It’s been way overdue," Stone said. "The carpeting was mildewed and it just needed a facelift. That’s another inexpensive project."

Wireless Internet also has been installed in every district building. The money for all the projects was budgeted in the district’s capital projects fund.

“We didn't do any big bond projects this year,” Stone said. “We’re thinking next year about doing some air conditioning at the high school and middle school. We’ll see.”

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