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Local law enforcement agencies are actively assisting the Safe Schools Department with its initiative, tactical site surveys. This initiative gives Lake County School District officials a better understanding of potential security vulnerabilities.

Officials pause for a moment before conducting a tactical site survey at Clermont Elementary. Present for the exercise were (left to right) Clermont Police Lt. Mike McMaster, Chief Chuck Broadway, Clermont Elementary Principal Cleamstine Caple, Schools Security Manager Reggie Young, Lt. Jim Loughnan and Capt. Jon Johnson.

Officials pause for a moment before conducting a tactical site survey at Clermont Elementary. Present for the exercise were (left to right) Clermont Police Lt. Mike McMaster, Chief Chuck Broadway, Clermont Elementary Principal Cleamstine Caple, Schools Security Manager Reggie Young, Lt. Jim Loughnan and Capt. Jon Johnson.

During the tactical site surveys officers along with a team consisting of personnel from multiple District departments — Maintenance, Facilities, Risk Management and Safe Schools — tour the school inspecting each classroom as well as the surrounding grounds and immediate neighborhood. The team’s survey helps Lake County Schools identify potential threats and corrective actions that can reduce or mitigate the risk of different threats, such as vandalism or a school shooting.

At Cypress Ridge Elementary (left to right) Clermont Police Capt. Jon Johnson, Lt. Jim Loughnan, Principal Dr. Kathy Cantwell, Sgt. Brent Joyner, Schools Security Manager Reggie Young and Lt. Mike McMaster conducted the tactical site survey.

At Cypress Ridge Elementary (left to right) Clermont Police Capt. Jon Johnson, Lt. Jim Loughnan, Principal Dr. Kathy Cantwell, Sgt. Brent Joyner, Schools Security Manager Reggie Young and Lt. Mike McMaster conducted the tactical site survey.

“Schools are among the safest places for our children and youth, yet predicting and preventing violence on campus remains a serious concern,” said Reggie Young, Security Manager for Lake County Schools. “The tactical site surveys are part of a larger security process to reinforce the District’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The ultimate goal is to meet and exceed the standards as set forth by Florida Department of Education policies.”

Last month a leadership team from the Clermont Police Department along with the District’s team toured the campuses of Clermont Elementary and Cypress Ridge Elementary. While walking the campus, the team of school officials and Clermont Police used a standardized checklist to notate findings and recommendations.

According to the Safe Schools Department, the focus for securing Lake County Schools is deterrence, detection, delay, response, recovery and re-evaluation. The tactical site surveys assist in accomplishing many of these goals. In addition, the opportunity for law enforcement to meet with their local school principals helps to increase the communication and collaboration between the School District and local law enforcement.

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In addition to fixing plumbing leaks, inefficient air conditioners and a bevy of other jobs at more than eight million square feet of facility space in the Lake County School District, the Maintenance Department moved its base operations for the first time in more than 30 years.

Summertime is always a busy season for the Maintenance Department as it performs routine work on school facilities and addresses last-minute calls before the start of school, but this year proved to be exceptionally challenging. Due to a land partnership deal with local agencies, the Maintenance Department was slated to find a new home.

In early 2011, the Lake County School Board agreed to an interlocal agreement with the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and City of Tavares that transferred the Maintenance facility, located between Alfred and Ianthe streets in Tavares, in exchange for a 20-acre future school site located on Woodlea Road and $300,000.

With more than 100 maintenance employees and dozens of support trucks, finding a suitable location was a challenge; however, the task presented an opportunity. The decision was made to decentralize the Department at two locations: the old Umatilla Elementary site at 220 N. Central Ave. and the old Mascotte Elementary site at 410 Alpine St.

“If I can reduce travel time, I can increase time on task and that is the goal of any maintenance operation,” said Mike Corr, Director of the Maintenance Department.

Each maintenance shop — Maintenance North Office and Maintenance South Office — handles facilities in its service areas of the School District. While reduced travel time to maintenance calls is expected to increase productivity, less distance to travel to service calls will save on fuel costs.

“We are changing the culture here,” Corr said. “Maintenance employees are great at what they do and these new maintenance shops give them ownership of the operations and set up within the department.”

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Students at Tavares High School were recently recognized for their continuing efforts in helping their school recycle paper and cardboard.

Tavares High students (left to right, holding certificates) Scott Meeks, Tyler Moore, Jonathan Ricci and Eric Garcia are congratulated for their recycling efforts from (left to right) Pete Myles, Energy Program Manager, Linda Carter, administrative assistant at the Maintenance Department, Diane Lingerfelt, fiscal assistant at the Maintenance Department, and their teacher Dr. Rene Rodrigue.

Students in Dr. Rene Rodrigue’s class have been collecting recycling bins from classrooms to help District staff to implement a recycling program at the high school. Pete Myles, Energy Program Manager, Linda Carter, administrative assistant at the Maintenance Department, and Diane Lingerfelt, fiscal assistant at the Maintenance Department, visited the classroom to hand out certificates and congratulate students for their hard work.

“This helps students focus on job skills,” Dr. Rodrigue, who teaches ESE classes at Tavares High. “These guys jumped on the opportunity and it teaches them independence, social and personal skills and math skills.”

Students recognized for their recycling efforts included Scott Meeks, Eric Garcia, Jonathan Ricci and Tyler Moore.

“These students directly contributed to the recycling efforts,” Myles said. “It’s not a lot of money earned through recycling, but it helps reduce trash which is just as important.”

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Lake County Schools began posting to its website (www.lakeschools.com) this week surplus items it intends to sell at auction.

Nearly once a month surplus items are sold at the School District’s current service provider, George Gideon Auctioneers, Inc., located at 2753 Orange Blossom Trail in Zellwood. The next auction is Saturday, Jan. 21, at 9 a.m. For more information, log on to www.ggauctionsonline.com.

To help promote these auctions and the items the School District is selling at these auctions, the Maintenance, Warehouse & Support Department at Lake County Schools began posting on the District website the items it intends to send to auction. To find the current list of items being sent to auction, log on to www.lakeschools.com and click the “Disposition Property to Auction” link under “Announcements. Items vary including classroom and office furniture, appliances, vehicles and equipment, such as projectors, telephones, copiers and computers.

Property designated as surplus is approved by the Lake County School Board before heading off to auction. Before designating items for surplus, staff makes efforts to relocate usable property within the District. According to Florida statute, “A governmental unit shall have discretion to classify as surplus any of its property, which property is not otherwise lawfully disposed of, that is obsolete or the continued use of which is uneconomical or inefficient, or which serves no useful function.”

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Lake County Schools will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11, to observe Veterans Day. The administration offices of Lake County Schools will also be closed on Nov. 11.

To view a complete holiday calendar for Lake County Schools, log on to http://www.lake.k12.fl.us or visit Lake County Schools District Office, located at 201 W. Burleigh Blvd. in Tavares.

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What used to take a half dozen custodians an entire summer to clean an elementary school is being accomplished in about two weeks with Lake County Schools new summer consolidation plan.

Eustis Middle Custodian Howard Alexander wipes down a projector screen at a Eustis Heights Elementary classroom.

With many elementary and middle schools closing over the summer months to save in energy costs and staff moving to other locations, including high schools, it gave the Maintenance Department at Lake County Schools a unique opportunity to combine school custodial staffs.

Seven teams of custodians are currently going from school to school throughout the District and are cleaning each facility from top to bottom. The teams of custodians are based on the high-school feeder system. For example, the custodial team from the East Ridge High feeder schools includes 40 custodians that are tasked with cleaning six schools during the summer – Clermont Elementary, Cypress Ridge Elementary, Sawgrass Bay Elementary, Clermont Middle, East Ridge Middle and Windy Hill Middle.

“Basically we are condensing more people into the same amount of square footage,” said Mike Corr, Director of the Maintenance Department. “It is giving us the opportunity to spend more time on detail work.”

Some of the detail work includes wiping down windows, air vents and lighting fixtures, disinfecting furniture, cleaning walls and waxing floors.

“What they do is they start at the top of a classroom and work their way down,” said Gary Rogers, Maintenance Manager. “When they are done everything looks more refreshed and renewed.”

Eustis Middle Custodian Shawn Thomas (left) and Head Custodian Maxie Monroe work on a classroom floor at Eustis Heights Elementary.

According to staff, the results of the combined custodial staffs have been unmistakable, especially at one of the District’s oldest schools. In about two weeks, 15 custodians from Eustis Heights Elementary and Eustis Middle completed a detailed cleanup of Eustis Heights Elementary.

“Old doesn’t have to be dirty,” Corr said. “We’re getting a pretty high level of productivity and next year I think we will do even better.

“It’s working much smoother than I thought, and I think a lot of it goes back to the positive attitude of our custodians,” he added. “With them being teamed together, they are getting the opportunity to share techniques.”

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Lake County Schools received this week a rebate check for $6,700 from Progress Energy for participating in the company’s energy efficiency program.

On behalf of Lake County Schools, (left to right) Peter Myles, Energy Program Manager for Lake County Schools, accepts the rebate check from Jim Timberlake, Progress Energy account representative, and Juan Lugo, Progress Energy senior engineer.

The Maintenance Department at Lake County Schools worked with representatives at Progress Energy to identify 100 package rooftop air conditioning units at 13 buildings that could be recommissioned and eligible for an energy rebate. Over time, inefficiencies crop up that could affect a building’s heating and cooling system’s performance. Recommissioning package rooftop air conditioning units can help ensure equipment is operating at optimal efficiency, reducing heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent.

To recommission the units, the Maintenance Department cleaned coils, adjusted tension in belts and ensured the units were receiving the correct voltage. The Maintenance Department will continue to work with Progress Energy to look for additional energy efficiency opportunities.

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