A second forum to acquaint students and parents with the building that will temporarily house Lake High School is scheduled for Aug. 24.
The building, being leased to the Lake district by Owens Community College, will be open at 6:30 p.m. for the public to view. The forum will start at 7 p.m.
Lake staff members refer to the building, located at 2249 Tracy Rd., as “The Hangar.”
“We’re definitely behind the eight ball,” said Jodi Takats, Lake’s curriculum director. “But we’re working as hard as we can to get everything ready. Temporary walls are currently up and just about finished. It seems to be going well.”
The district’s high school building at the corner of Lemoyne Road and State Route 795 was destroyed in a June 5 tornado.
School fees were being collected last week at the Tracy Road building, Takats said, adding it was the first time some students had been in the building while others have been assisting with the preparations.
Lake Superintendent Jim Witt welcomed those attending the first forum held last Tuesday at the middle school media center.
“Our goal is to try to make our students feel comfortable and to relieve anxieties as they relate to changes in our school routine,” he said.
Classroom basics, such as white boards, staplers, pencil sharpeners, and three-hole paper punchers, are still needed by teachers as the first day of class approaches.
“We’re waiting for our insurance paperwork to be completed,” Takats said. “So we still need classroom supplies.”
Anyone wanting to donate supplies to the school should contact Takats at (419) 661-6679.
The district has set school hours for the coming year:
• Lake High School – 7:39 a.m. to 2:11 p.m.
• Lake Middle School – 8:05 a.m. to 2:37 p.m.
• Lake Elementary School – 9:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• Walbridge Elementary School – 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
• Pre-school at Walbridge Elementary: morning session is 9 a.m. to noon; afternoon session is 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
A majority of administrators and school board members are planning to attend the forum, Witt said.