East Ridge Middle School is looking for partners to help celebrate outstanding student achievement at their annual FAME (Fantastic Achievement in Middle Education) banquet. 

Business owners who partner with the school can have their company’s name put on placemats, programs and a photo backdrop at the banquet, which is expected to draw more than 200 families on May 18, 2017

The school, located at 13201 Excalibur Road in Clermont, is seeking donations of money, water bottles, tea, lemonade, decorations and volunteers.

Those who are able to help are asked to contact Dr. Eric Sochocki, assistant principal, at Sochockie@lake.k12.fl.us or 352-536-8023. 

Thank you for supporting our students and your community!




TAVARES — The Lake County School Board has agreed to consider seven candidates to replace Superintendent Susan Moxley, Ed.D., whose contract expires in July.  They could have a final decision before the end of the month.

In a special meeting held Dec. 5, board members approved the list of five candidates recommended by the Superintendent Search Advisory Committee and added two more.  New to the list are:

  • Brennan Asplen III, Ed.D. – Deputy Superintendent for Academic and Student Services, St. Johns County School District in Florida.
  • Verna Ruffin, Ed.D. – Superintendent, Jackson-Madison County Schools in Tennessee.

They join the following five recommended by the committee:

  • Arthur “Rob” Anderson, Ed.D. – Deputy Superintendent of Academics, Fulton County Schools in Georgia.
  • Diane Kornegay – Deputy Superintendent, School District of Clay County in Florida
  • Mark Mullins, Ed.D. – Deputy Superintendent/ Chief Operating Officer at Brevard County Public Schools in Florida
  • Quintin Shepherd, Ph.D. – Superintendent, Linn-Mar Community School District in Iowa
  • Gerald “Jerry” Wilson, Ph.D. – Superintendent, Worcester County Public Schools in Maryland.

The first round of interviews will take place the morning of Dec. 13. Board members will meet individually with candidates starting at 9:30 a.m. at the district office, 201 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares. Then, at 6 p.m., the candidates will attend a Special School Board Meeting at the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main Street, Tavares.

The next day, Dec. 14, the board will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the district office to narrow the list of candidates to two or three finalists.

The finalists will be invited back to Lake the following week for another round of interviews and public meetings. The board is expected to reach a final decision on Dec. 22.


Winter retakes of End of Course (EOC) exams are scheduled for Nov. 28 through Dec. 16. The exams are for:

  • Students who completed the courses but missed taking the EOCs on the day they were originally scheduled, and
  • Students who are currently finishing courses online.
  • Students who have completed their Algebra 1 course requirement but need to take or retake the Algebra 1 EOC exam to fulfill their graduation requirement of passing the exam.

For specific testing dates at your student’s school, please visit the school web site or contact the school.

To learn more about the FSA or to access practice tests for your student, please visit the FSA Portal at http://www.fsassessments.org/. Google Chrome is the preferred browser.

If you have questions about the FSA, email Lake County Schools at FSAInfo@lake.k12.fl.us.

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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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