School Starts Today

Today is the start of the 2014–15 school year. Super­in­ten­dent Steven Parker said “It is a big day for every stu­dent, whether return­ing as an iPad-carrying senior prepar­ing to take on the world with the Class of 2015, or as a 3-year-old in a brand new school uni­form with no idea of how tech­nol­ogy will impact his or her life by grad­u­a­tion in 2030.”

Parker made the state­ments while address­ing fac­ulty and staff dur­ing a back-to-class break­fast at Lan­caster high school. He said “the pre­lim­i­nary results of the Stan­dards of Learn­ing tests from June show improve­ment across the board, but change is a process. It’s not going to hap­pen overnight. It’s like push­ing a boul­der uphill. It requires focus.”

Accord­ing to the guid­ance counselors,preliminary enroll­ment at the city’s three pub­lic schools totals 1,237. In addi­tion, Twenty-two new teach­ers are join­ing the pro­fes­sional staff this year. For stu­dents who are not on the free or reduced meal pro­gram, cafe­te­ria break­fast and lunch prices increased by 10 cents this year. Lunch at the pri­mary school will be $2.20 and at the mid­dle and high school it’s $2.35. break­fast remains $1.20 at all schools. The new phone num­ber for all schools is 462‑5100. Press “1” for the high school, “2” for the mid­dle school, “3” for the pri­mary school and “5” for the cen­tral office.