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TAVARES — The Hardee’s restaurant in Tavares recently offered customers an opportunity to buy a sandwich and get a sandwich free, and for every such purchase the restaurant donated a back-to-school item to Tavares Elementary School.

The school supply drive was a big hit, resulting in numerous backpacks, crayons, notebooks, bottles of hand sanitizer and even food items for students and families in need. The items were collected last week by Tavares Elementary Principal Durenda McKinney and School Board member Debbie Stivender.

“Education is key,’’ said Assistant Manager Dennis Anderson, explaining why the restaurant took on the mission. “Helping kids get educated helps everyone.”

The restaurant, which is located at 301 E. Burleigh Blvd., draws a steady stream of regulars, particularly at breakfast time. Many of them participated in the drive.

“I want to thank Hardee’s for being a strong community partner with our schools here in Tavares,’’ said Stivender, whose district includes the city. “Their contribution will help many of our students have a successful start to the school year.”


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At the first of three Town Hall Meetings, parents on Monday night spoke with the Superintendent Search Committee (pictured) and the consulting company helping lead the search to let them know what they want to see in the district’s next superintendent.

Superintendent Susan Moxley’s contract expires in June 2017, and she recently suggested the Lake County School Board begin the search for the district’s next leader.

Parents and community residents spoke about their desire for someone who is fiscally responsible, has a depth of knowledge in education, and a willingness to stand up to the Florida Department of Education. They also discussed the need for strong management skills, someone who values the arts and a desire to see greater equity in resources for schools in all parts of the county.

Missed the meeting? Two more Town Hall meetings are scheduled: tonight – Tuesday, Aug. 16 – at 6 p.m. at East Ridge High School, and again on  Thursday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. at Leesburg High School.

Also, please remember to take the online survey. It’s posted on the district’s website – http://www.lake.k12.fl.us — under the “Superintendent Search” tab in the middle of the home page.



Welcome back to school! Remember that Wednesdays are early release days and students will be dismissed one hour earlier than usual. That includes today — the first day of school. Please plan pick-ups accordingly.

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On your personal Facebook page, post a picture of your student’s first day back to school using the hashtag #LCSFirstDay and we’ll repost a few on the district’s web page! Be sure to include the school and grade.  Have a great school year!

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Over 160 incoming 9th graders attended Umatilla High School’s First Annual Freshman Bootcamp hosted on August 1st. There was excitement in the air as the students arrived on campus. The day kicked off with a welcome from the UHS Administration. The students then attended multiple breakout sessions which all focused on student success. There was an introduction to Personalized Learning and also emphasis on having a Growth Mindset. Time was even set aside for the incoming freshman to hear “If I only knew…my freshman year”, from upper classmen students, in hopes that they will take advice from their peers. The day concluded with a scavenger hunt across campus where students could explore the school and learn along the way. Devoted school personnel came in on their own time to host this event. We believe the successful turnout will prepare the incoming Class of 2020 for a GREAT school year!

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With her contract set to expire in June 2017, Superintendent Susan Moxley, Ed.D., recently suggested the Lake County School Board begin discussions about the search for the district’s next leader. A committee has been formed and a consulting company has been identified to help lead the search. Both are interested in hearing from the public. You have three opportunities to participate:

  • Monday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m. at Eustis High School, 1300 E. Washington Ave., Eustis
  • Tuesday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m. at East Ridge High School, 13322 Excalibur Road, Clermont
  • Thursday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m. at Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg

And remember to take the online survey to let the committee know which characteristics you think are most important in the selection of our next superintendent.

The survey is on the district website, www.lake.k12.fl.us,  under the “Superintendent Search” tab.


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Summer School at Eustis Heights Elementary School got a big boost from the Eustis Elks Lodge #1578.   The Lodge applied for and received a $2,500 grant from the National Elks Foundation to purchase books for the students.   The goal was to help the students improve their reading skills and to encourage their love for reading.   Each Thursday became a special day for the students, as well as the Mentors/Volunteers from the Lodge who went to the school to introduce the “book of the week.” After the reading session, all the students were given the book to take home.   Each week Gabe Stewart and his therapy dog Daisy were also a big hit with the students who had an opportunity to meet and read with Daisy.   An author, Paula Gilgen, read and talked about her book C.A.T. (cee-ay-tee) with the 4th (soon to be 5th) grade students. Each was given his/her own autographed copy of the book.  To cap off Special Thursdays, the Elks provided ice cream cups after lunch! The last day of summer school each student was given a personal photo as well as a class picture as a keepsake. The session ended with cake and ice cream

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