Lake Elementary School has been named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Lake Elementary School has been named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. 225 public and 49 private schools across the nation received the award, which is based upon high levels of achievement or for success in closing the achievement gap.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program was begun under President Ronald Reagan by Terrel H. Bell, Secretary of Education who penned A Nation at Risk after studying education in the United States.

The program was designed to encourage schools to increase performance, with three purposes: to honor and bring public attention to American schools that achieve high academic standards or have shown significant academic improvement over five years; to make available a comprehensive framework of key criteria for school effectiveness that can serve as a basis for participatory self-assessment and planning in schools; to facilitate communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools based on a common understanding of criteria related to success.

Of the country’s 138,000 public schools, only 6,500 schools have received this award since 1982. Public schools are nominated by the Chief State School Officers and by officials at the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education. The number of possible applicants from each state is based on the number of schools and K-12 students, ranging from a minimum of three schools to a maximum of 35. The potential for all nominations is 413 schools each year.

Lake Elementary has shown consistently high scores on standardized testing in all academic areas. Lake’s Principal, Donna Bruner, credits her staff, both classified and certified, for the achievement of this recognition. “We are so fortunate to have dedicated, committed and hardworking staff who put our children first”, says Bruner. “We work well as a team, and we love our jobs. We have a supportive community and great parents who also contribute to our students’ success.”

A list of the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at

Lake School Baord Continues to debate “offensive” wording in the mission statement

By Erika Irwin
Lake TWP, Ohio —

The community spoke up again at this month’s Lake Local board of education meeting urging the board to fight the removal of the “offensive” wording in the mission statement.

Several community members addressed the board as well,  including one member of an atheist group.

“We had no plan of dishonesty. This is an honorable group. We will work to communicate better,”said Board member Dave Poling.

He said that he wants to push forward and would support adding the wording back into the mission statement. One person who addressed the board asked the community not to belittle the board, but to pray for them.

The Lake Local board of education accepted the retirement of Principal Jeff Durbin effective May 2.

Superintendent Jeff Wendorf said Durbin will be missed dearly and that he has touched a number of lives.  He said Durbin has been important to the success of the district. Board member Derrick Bailey referred to Durbin as “Mr. Lake” and added that he will be missed by the community.  The board wished Durbin well and said that he will still be coaching football for the Blue Streaks in the fall.

The board of education voted unanimously for an administrative contract to be non-renewed for R. Michael Daulbaugh.  Daulbaugh has currently been the RTI coordinator at Lake Local School Administrative Offices.

Several administrative contracts were  renewed by the board effective August 1, 2010- July 31, 2013.  Those included in the contracts were Bruce Brown, athletic director; Daniel Harold, Lake High School associate principal, Donna Brunner, Lake Elementary principal; John McAllister, director of instruction; David Lloyd, food services supervisor; Paula McGee, assistant Treasurer and Kevin Tobin, Lake High School principal.

Several supplemental contracts were approved to be issued pending proper certification.

The board of education approved for Bob Moffat, Lake Treasurer, to be responsible for all fundraising monies as well as funds for capital maintenance and repair and replacement for the YMCA Family Fitness Center and Field House. The membership for the YMCA is double of what it was projected to be, therefore the expansion is needed.

The Hartville and Uniontown Lion’s Club honored several students, a volunteer and a classified and certified employee.  Dave Rennels from Uniontown Lion’s Club presented the honorees with a plaque.

Kevin Tobin asked the board to endorse the application for recognition from the Ohio High School Athletic Association through the Harold A. Meyer Sportsmanship Award.  He said all of the Federal League schools will be presenting before their boards in the month of March.  The board endorsed the application.

Wendorf announced the POPS Hullabaloo/YMCA Healthy Kids Day will be held April 17, 2010 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Lake Community Center.

The next board of education meeting will be Monday, April 19, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Middle School in the large group instruction room. It is open to the public to attend. All of those who plan to speak must sign up prior to the start of the meeting.