Lake Local students started school a week earlier than usual and will see a condensed schedule this year.

Most Lake Local students returned to school today – about a week earlier than usual – and will see a condensed calendar with shorter breaks this school year due to the ongoing construction at its elementary, middle and high schools.

Kindergarten students will start on Aug. 23.

Superintendent Kevin Tobin said students will have fewer and shorter breaks to allow workers 15 weeks next summer to finish construction of the new Lake Elementary, which will house grades two through six, and the expansion of Lake Middle/High School, as well as give the district time to move in as nearly every Lake teacher will be moving to a new classroom. Students’ last day will be May 18 with graduation on May 19.

See a video of the progress of the new Lake Elementary building here: Lake Elementary takes shape.

Here’s what else is new this school year in the Lake Local School District:

Expanded partnership

The district’s partnership with Goodyear’s Airship Operations at Wingfoot Lake is expanding. Not only will students in Lake’s Advanced Placement science class get to program Goodyear blimp’s video messaging board as it flies over the stadium during Lake’s homecoming game, but they also will work with Goodyear engineers to develop a small-scale zeppelin that will fly with the blimp during the homecoming game on Sept. 22. This is the third year for the partnership.

New roles

Former Hartville Elementary Principal Jeffrey S. Breit is now the district’s business manager and will oversee transportation, custodial and food services as well as business-related transactions, such as purchasing and liability insurance. Middle School Assistant Principal Julie Lyberger will succeed Breit at Hartville Elementary and teacher Adam Booth will become the new middle school assistant principal.

OSU skull session

The Lake High School band will participate in the Ohio State University marching band's skull session on Oct. 28. The popular pep rally will start roughly two hours before the football team's kickoff against Penn State.

More laptops

Seventh-graders have been issued a laptop computer to use for school work in class and at home, joining their older peers who received laptops last school year. Lake Middle School also will pilot a program to provide a laptop case for each student to help protect their device.The laptops are funded through the school levy that voters passed in May 2015.

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