The tourism industry may be the economic engine of Lake Placid - the lure being the great outdoors - and this village may have the drive and inspiration of an Olympic champion, but the heart and soul of the community is its educational system.
With three private schools complementing the public school district, Lake Placid is a place where education is a priority, one that shapes our families, employment, friendships, dreams and achievements. It's easier to see the impact of a school in a place like Keene/Keene Valley, where the Keene Central School is the heartbeat of the community. But amid the hustle and bustle of Lake Placid, with its constant moving parts, it's not always apparent to an onlooker how much the local schools impact our everyday lives.
That's one reason the Lake Placid News is committed to helping the Lake Placid Central School District achieve its communication goals during the current strategic planning process. We recently met with volunteers on the LPCS strategic planning advisory group for Community Outreach and Involvement, and we welcomed the opportunity to get more school news in the paper every week.
Lake Placid Middle/High School
(News photo — Andy Flynn)
We see this partnership with the district as a way to give back to the community. There are a variety of ways to help distribute school happenings in the Lake Placid News. We already publish photos from the schools, courtesy of local photographer Alicia Brandes, feature stories and meeting coverage. But we're exploring the feasibility of adding a weekly column, written by a variety of school officials and teachers; more interviews with administrators; pages filled with content written by members of the Newspaper Club; photos from students; a Student of the Month feature; and student-written blogs on our website. We'd also be happy to introduce students to the newspaper world by offering internships with our editor.
The Strategic Planning Task Force, headed by school Superintendent Roger Catania, was launched in May, and committee members are spending the summer working on a list of actions for their strategic goals. By September, the district should have a working plan.
Committee members come from all corners of the community, public and private institutions and local businesses. In all, there are six areas of the strategic plan: students first and foremost, education, community outreach and involvement, leadership, technology and finance.
We look forward to our ongoing collaboration with LPCS administrators to help them achieve their community outreach goals, and we applaud the volunteers' contributions to this process, which will result in a five-year plan.
We also welcome more news from the Keene Central School, AuSable Valley Central School District and the private schools in Lake Placid. We can't imagine life without our educational institutions or without their stories, photos and issues in the Lake Placid News.