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'Changes and Challenges' Ahead for Lakewood Schools

Superintendent Jeffrey Patterson shares a message to the community on the district’s website explaining the work ahead.

The school district may be looking to place a levy before voters in May; considering the sale of the shuttered McKinley Elementary School; and getting ready for a full transition to a new curriculum.

This year is expected to be busy for the Lakewood City Schools.

Superintendent Jeff Patterson issued a statement on the district’s website on Tuesday, highlighting some of those changes and challenges ahead.

“We now have half of the school year behind us and much work to do still in front of us,” he wrote. “Our staff is hard at work preparing for the many changes that are coming our way with the transition to the Common Core standards adopted by 45 states.”

He said the schools must get ready to implement the rigorous, in-depth curriculum by 2014, but added that the Lakewood has been gradually rolling out elements of those standards for a while.

“We are well prepared to tackle this latest educational challenge,” he said. “The Lakewood School District has been known for providing excellent programming, and we continue to prepare students for jobs in the 21st century. Continuing this course requires our revenue stream to remain steady.”

To read the entire statement, click here

Earlier this month, the Lakewood Board of Education took its first official step toward placing a 3.9-mill operating levy before voters in May.

It wasn’t much of a surprise to board members, who’ve known for a while about the district’s financial woes, stemming from cuts in state funding and dwindling property values. 

Patterson recently told Lakewood Patch that the levy would cost owners of a $100,000 home $10 per month.

The district is also considering the sale of McKinley Elementary School. 

Closed several years ago, the building costs the district about $40,000 to keep up — including utilities and general maintenance.

Built in 1918, McKinley Elementary School sits on a 2.77-acre parcel in an area desirable to developers. 

The property was assessed at $1.1 million in November.

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