Representatives of the Walt Disney World Resort made a surprise visit to East Ridge High School on Friday, September 13, with a $20,000 gift from Mickey. The check will help to support the band program after a fire damaged...
by Linda Charlton It's midday in the media center at East Ridge High School, and band director Jack Hart is ready to greet his next class of students. If he had a band room, he would be in it. If...
It’s that time of year when tax bills are being delivered, and Lake County taxpayers are taking notice of an increase on the line item that reads “Public Schools -- By Local Board.” That increase reflects the 0.75-mill additional...
The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding Lake-Sumter State College Foundation, Inc. a grant of $10,000 to support the 2019-2020 George O. Pringle Performing Arts Series. “All Americans should have access to the arts,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting...
By Grant Mollett, M.Ed. East Ridge High School Heading into the weekend, many nearby school districts opted to cancel athletic events and transportation to and from distant athletic events due to the looming presence of Hurricane Dorian.  However, in Lake County,...
Students Grades 9-12  The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is holding a Patriotic Audio & Essay competition, Voice of Democracy. This year's theme is "What Makes America Great". A Grand Prize of $30,000.00 is available to the winning student. Deadline to submit an...
Jared Fullerton has fond memories of his years as a student at South Lake High School, where he took particular interest in the construction program. A natural with a hammer and nail, he built forts and skateboard ramps in...
Lake-Sumter State College Foundation, Inc. received a $115,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to create powerful communities in Lake & Sumter Counties through the College’s Energy Utility Institute located in Sumter County. Lake-Sumter State College is one of 18...
By Grant Mollett, M.Ed. East Ridge High School The East Ridge High School girls cross country team opened the 2019 season, as they competed in the Whispering Pines Invitational at Whispering Pines Park in Inverness, Florida. It was a clear,...
State and local elected officials, business leaders and community residents are invited to celebrate a new partnership between Leesburg High School Construction Academy students and Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter Florida, as the two break ground on a home...
 Lake Technical College’s Pharmacy Technician program approved for accreditation from ASHP. We are proud to announce that our Pharmacy Technician program under the instruction of Candace McLendon has received approval for six-year accreditation from the Accreditation Services of Health-System...
Lake County teachers may find it easier to buy classroom supplies without dipping as deeply into their personal funds this year as the district has made $150 available to them this month through an online purchasing program called ClassWallet,...
Have you ever asked yourself how/why some students go through 12 years of elementary, junior, and high school without missing a day? What makes these kids persevere? In part, it's the need to learn, achieve, succeed. But, without the...
It's never too early to begin planning what you are going to do during the kids next break. Lake County Schools 2019-2020 Student Calendar. August 12                   First Day of Classes September 2               Labor Day/Student Holiday...
Lake County students are heading back to school on Monday. These next few weeks will be a little confusing and stressful for students and parents and annoying to some impatient drivers. Drivers, Be Cautious: If you aren't a student or parent, make every...
Lake County students will continue to receive free breakfasts and lunches this school year, regardless of household income. The free meals are a result of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a federal program that allows schools serving predominantly low-income communities...
More than 50 years ago the "Clermont Chamber of Commerce,” came up with an idea to kick off the school year by hosting a Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. The number of teachers numbered less than 100. Since then, the event has grown...
By Linda Charlton Early in 1993, editors of the very last yearbook for the very last year of existence for Clermont High School declared "they saved the best for last." Could be they saved the best for the next generation,...
Summer camps provide students with fun and engaging activities where new friendships and great memories are made. Camp Invention, hosted at Montverde Academy for two weeks this summer, is a nationally acclaimed summer program developed in 1990 where Science...
Minneola Charter School celebrated the completion of its new 7th and 8th-grade building on Wednesday, July 1st.  In a room filled with well-wishers, business partners, and families, Sherry Watts, the Principal & CEO of the school, proudly thanked those...
Lake Minneola High School HOSA (Future Health Professionals) won 1st place in Nursing Assisting for the second year in a row. HOSA is the largest international organization for middle school, high school, and postsecondary/collegiate students with an interest in the...
Members of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce were invited to celebrate the remodeling of New Hope Christian Academy (NHCA) last Thursday. The K-12thgrade private, non-denominational school, located at 105 E. Baker Street, Minneola, provides students the ability to work...
When Lake County middle school students come back to class next month, they’ll receive a gift with a special message. Eustis-based Kevco Builders underwrote the cost of providing 10,000 lanyards for Lake’s middle school students. The lanyards, which students are required...
Lake County Schools is a “B” district for the third year in a row, according to data released by the Florida Department of Education today.  The district earned 643 total points in 2018-19, 12 points higher than the 631 points...
 In its July/August edition, District Administration magazine has named Lake County Schools one of 34 “Districts of Distinction,” a national recognition program that began in November 2014. The program was established by the magazine to honor school districts that are...
Diane Kornegay, superintendent of Lake County Schools, has been elected to serve as the Area IV Director on the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) Board of Directors. Kornegay will represent Lake County’s school district along with school districts...
The Florida Department of Education (DOE) released 2019 statewide standardized assessment results on Friday, June 28. In Lake County, the percentage of students scoring proficient in English Language Arts (ELA) increased in all grade groups with elementary students exceeding the...
Visitors to the Lake County Schools website will start to see something new. The web address, lake.k12.fl.us, will remain the same for now. But the district and school web pages in Lake County are changing to enhance accessibility to online...
 The School Board has approved the following new principal assignments for next school year: Cindy Christidis will be the new principal at Beverly Shores Elementary School. She will fill a vacancy left by Valda Niznik, who is moving to...
The Montverde Academy theatre department proudly announces the theatrical line-up for the 2019-20 season. These memorable theatrical presentations feature the Academy’s award-winning student performers who bring the characters to life on spectacular sets with impressive costumes that will captivate...
The student council at Pinecrest Lakes Academy wanted to plan an event that would help the community. After discussion, it was decided that they would have a pet supply drive, said council past president Ella Delaney. The project began...
Lake Technical College is proud to announce the addition of the Paramedic program to the Clermont campus. Lake Tech’s Clermont campus is located at the Lake Sumter State College South Lake Campus. Current EMTs will further their EMS training...
Can you imagine machining a part for the International Space Station? Students enrolled in the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Production Specialist program at Lake Technical College will be able to put that statement on their resumes when they graduate.  Lake...
Clermont City Manager Darren Gray received a prestigious award from his alma mater this week. The University of Central Florida (UCF) honored Gray with the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award in Public Administration on May 7 at UCF’s Morgridge International Reading...
The Foundation for Education program in partnership with the South Lake Chamber awards five deserving high school students with a $1,000 scholarship each school year.  The final Outstanding Student Leader Award of the 2018-2019 school year is from South...
Lake County Schools purchased 24 regular transportation buses at $107,550 per bus, and three buses for special-needs students at $113,993 per bus for a total of $2.9 million for all 27. The buses will be placed into service once...
The East Ridge High School DECA Chapter had 41 students compete at the state level and 21 of these students were in the top 10 in the state of Florida. Of these 21 students, 13 students were recognized on...
Montverde Academy has donated a vehicle to Lake Sumter State College (LSSC). The vehicle, a 20 passenger 2007 Ford E450 transport vehicle, was replaced in MVA’s fleet and the decision was made to donate the vehicle to an organization...
Kamille Chapman, an 8th-grade math teacher at Mount Dora Middle School has been named Lake County Schools 2019-20 Teacher of the Year. Daniel Dilocker, a technology/robotics teacher at East Ridge Middle School, and Michael Tarquine, a choir and theatre...
by Larry Oskin The Clermont City Council invited a group of ten local high school teens to make a formal presentation based upon their research and work with City Management over the past year. Shannon Schmidt, Clermont’s Director of Economic...
By Grant Mollett, M.Ed. East Ridge High School On Wednesday, February 6, schools around the country had athletes participate in National Signing Day ceremonies.  For student-athletes to sign a national letter of intent is both a day of celebration, but also...
Congratulations to Leesburg High School teacher John Raulerson and his team of Engineering and Design students, including one from Leesburg, one from Lake Minneola High and several from Oak Ridge High in Orlando, who recently won the Florida Real...
Fifteen Lake County schools were recently recognized at the School Board meeting for receiving the Florida Department of Education’s (FLDOE) Five Star School Award. The award was created by the FLDOE Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to...
Lake County Schools’ graduation rate jumped 6.3 percentage points, increasing from 77.8 percent in 2016-17 to 84.1 percent in 2017-18, according to data released today by the Florida Department of Education. Seven of the district’s eight high schools saw an...
Lake-Sumter State College has ranked third best in a recent ranking of the 28 Florida College System colleges by Schools.com. “Lake-Sumter State College is known for providing quality learning experiences at affordable rates,” said Dr. Stanley Sidor, president of LSSC....
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