Lackawanna Public Schools

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Our Vision is to educate and support all of our students in meeting or exceeding the New York State Learning Standards necessary to graduate from the Lackawanna City School District and to become contributing members of the community.
All Faculty and Staff of the Lackawanna City School District will implement and continually refine a well-defined standards-based curriculum which is culturally responsive to the needs of all students in order to develop their academic knowledge and skills, educational and career pursuits, lifelong learning and social responsibility.


Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!

The beginning of a new school year brings with it many new opportunities. On Thursday, September 4, more than 1700 students arrived at Lackawanna’s four schools to begin their educational journey for the year. 

The incoming Kindergarten class will be the class of 2028. We, collectively as a school system, are committed to ensure all students are prepared to meet the challenges of the world now and in the future. Futurists remind us that 80% of the jobs for these incoming Kindergarteners have yet to be created; and 90% of the technology they will use has yet to be invented. Our success as a district is directly connected to developing strong parental support and engagement, having a dedicated and high trained faculty/staff, and striving for a system of continuous improvement that permeates all aspects of our work. It will take all of us including community support to collaborate in a meaningful way to create a tradition of excellence for our kids.
Throughout the weeks of July and August, important work occurred in our schools. Truman Elementary’s construction project is nearing completion.  Classrooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, and offices have all been renovated. You will find a new and updated look outside the building as well. Throughout the District, we have had new installation and upgrades to our  technology, valuable professional development, and much of the summer has been spent addressing the continuation of many New York State mandates. 
The Lackawanna Public Schools have been fortunate enough to be the recipient of the following grants:
1.P-TECH (Pathways to Technology)—Lackawanna is one of 16 school districts across the state and the only high school in WNY to be awarded this 7 year grant. P-TECH will allow students who are interested in pursuing a career in the Health Technologies to compete for the opportunity to be accepted into this program. Students accepted into P-TECH  will receive their Associates Degree from Trocaire College free of charge. Through these new and innovative partnerships created with Lackawanna High School, Trocaire College, Erie 1 BOCES, and the Catholic Health System, students will have the option to choose one of the following majors: Surgical Technology, Radiologic Technology, Dietetic Technology, or Health Information Technology.  This year’s 9th Grade P-TECH class will be our pioneers in this program.
2.Community Schools Grant—Truman Elementary School was selected in a second round by the State to receive funding of $500,000 over 3 years to be used to enhance early literacy skills and increase parent engagement opportunities.  An optional afterschool program for Kindergarten and First Grade students will begin the second week on September. Mrs. McCaffrey will be sending information home for parents.
3.Extended Learning Time Grant—Lackawanna Middle School is of one of 9 schools selected from across the State to receive this grant. Approximately $1.1 million  over two years was awarded to provide all middle school students an opportunity to receive enrichment/remediation as well as participation in extra-curricular activities through an extended day. We are currently awaiting an extension from the State before the Board of Education reconsiders a change to the middle school day.
Many new and exciting opportunities and possibilities await our students this year. We are dedicated to continuous improvement and are committed to providing our students with the best educational experiences that will prepare them for the 21st  century demands. We anticipate a great 2014-15 school year!
Anne Spadone



    The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014 will appear o
    n the General Election Ballot on November 4, 2014. The Lackawanna City School District is slated to receive $2.9 million if this bond resolution passes.  The Smart Schools Program and grants will only occur if the bond act is approved by the voters. Read more about the Smart Schools Bond Act.  Please remember to vote this Nov.4th!
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    Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 5 pm at Boland Memorial Auditorium - Lackawanna High School. 
    This is a free event!
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    Transportation is provided by Carrier Coach for the 2014-15 school year. Questions or concerns can be addressed by contacting Carrier Coach direct at 627-5919 or contact the District Transportation Office at 827-6768.
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    Click here for complete details about current postings within the Lackawanna City School District.
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    The District's charge policy for the school breakfast/lunch program for Grades Pre-K – 12 states if your child has charged 2 breakfasts, he/she will not be able to receive a breakfast. If your child has charged 2 lunches, a peanut butter or cheese sandwich (with milk, fruit, vegetable or soup) will be provided.  Click here to complete an application to apply for Free/Reduced Meals.
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    As part of our comprehensive intervention plan, the District Attendance Teacher, Mrs Meagan Bender monitors, collects and reports student attendance data. She also serves as part of the District Data Team. Mrs Bender is the District McKinney Vento representative for homeless students/families. She can be reached at 827-6729 or by

    Board Policy for Attendance Policy Number 7110

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    The District is implementing the Global Connect Rapid Broadcast Communication System. This automated system provides the District the ability to deliver general and emergency alerts to specified phone numbers quickly and accurately, all in just a matter of minutes.  Please click on the link provided to be sure you receive important notices and to learn more about the Global Connect Notification System.
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    The decision to close Lackawanna Schools is made when the safety of our students may be threatened due to hazardous conditions, including weather or other emergencies.  Click here for information about closing procedures.  In the event school is closed, all related activities including extracurricular activities, athletic events and field trips will also be closed for that day/evening unless otherwise notified.
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