The View 38002 June/July 2014

**************ECRWSS**** VBS & Summer Camp Round-Up, p. 19 PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL LOCAL POSTAL CUSTOMER inform. educate. connect. Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper Historic Days for Municipal Schools OUTSTANDING STUDENT Local Systems Take Control of Buildings on June 2, Plan Future Growth Story & Photos by Terry Louderback “We’re just getting started!” — Lakeland School System Board Chair man Ke vi n Floyd’s comments at the June 3 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new municipal school system would prove to be prophetic ones. Just two hours later, the five members of the LSS voted unanimously to present the Lakeland Board of Commissioners with a two-phase, seven-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that would include an immediate request for the construction of a middle school and the consideration of building a high school at the end of the seven years. Presented to the board as “Option A,” the planned middle school would be a 100,000 sq. ft. facility housing 1,000 students on approximately 18 Lakeland Elementary School Principal Joretha Lockhart is all smiles as she cuts the ribbon celebrating the transfer of Lakeland Elementary to the new Lakeland School System. acres with a total projected cost of over $16.6 million. The proposed Lakeland middle school could be structured as either grades 6-8 or K8. If the latter option is chosen, Lakeland Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell commented that the current Lakeland Elementary School could also be reconfigured to serve grades K-8. Floyd commented that while he “really, really, really” likes the idea of Lakeland having a K-12 system, moving forward with the construction of a middle school seemed to be the best move. Floyd added that he feels it is in the best interest of the city to have that eventuality of building a high school “on the radar.” While Lakeland and Arlington currently have an interlocal June/July 2014 theview theview agreement for Arlington to educate Lakeland’s middle and high school students, board members expressed concern about what could happen at the end of the seven--year agreement if Arlington schools are full with Arlington students. “There is no clause for after the agreement expires,” Floyd informed the board. “It would be negligent not to plan for afterwards.” Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman displays one of four new dedication plaques presented to the Arlington Community School Board to commemorate the municipal system at the June 2 meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. In 2013-14, Lakeland sent 541 middle school and 663 high school students to Arlington. Those numbers are expected to increase, however. In fact, both communities anticipate significant housing and student population growth. At a May 20th board meeting it was reported that the City of Lakeland has a current inventory of 300 lots approved & ready to build with an additional 1500 approved, but not yet buildable. Land Advisor Doug Swink also presented the board with six target areas in Lakeland that he identified as potential school sites based on land availability and student populations. No site selection decisions were made at the meeting, however. Planning and construction of a middle school could take three years from land negotiations to being ready for students., which fits in with the three-year termination without penalty clause in the interlocal agreement. While notification of terminated was discussed, no action was taken. Arlington High’s Anita Norman Named 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Special to THE VIEW 38002 Local high school student receives $20,000 award in national poetry recitation contest From a competitive field of 365,000 students nationwide, Anita Norman, a student at Arlington High School won the title of 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champion at the National Finals held in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. With this achievement, Norman received a $20,000 award and Arlington High School received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Norman’s final recitation Wednesday evening was “Let the Light Enter,” a poem by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. Norman also recited Stanley Kunitz’s 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Anita Norman of Tennessee. Photo by James Kegley “The Layers” and Robert E. Ha yd en’s “Mo urni n g Poem for the Queen of Sunday” at the Wednesday evening finals. When asked about which poem a person should recite, Norman said, “The poem should make a statement and be a piece of who you are.” Listen to a conversation with the 2014 Poetry Out Loud champion Continued on page 16 Inside this edition... Independence Day Celebrations — p. 2 Candidate Q&A for Key Shelby County Races — p. 8 News from Area Schools Starts on p. 12