Lawrence Township Public Schools began the first week of March with two delayed openings and an emergency closing due inclement weather. Therefore, with the use of the district’s third “snow day,” school will be in session on Friday, May 22. A revised calendar is posted on the district website.

Although the weather is still cold, spring has officially begun along with the spring sports season. Be sure to come out and show your support for our boys’ and girls’ Lawrence Cardinal spring sports teams: baseball, golf, lacrosse, softball, tennis and track. The Cardinal athletic calendars for both Lawrence High School and Lawrence Middle School can be found online at

As mentioned in last month’s column, we had three student musical productions in March. Our Lawrence Intermediate School students performed “The Little Mermaid Jr.”; LMS students performed “Wizard of Oz,” featuring students from our elementary schools as munchkins; and LHS students performed “Beauty and the Beast.” I hope you had the opportunity to see at least one of the three musical productions showcasing our very talented students, dedicated teachers and impressive music and arts program at LTPS.

I was able to see all three productions and want to say “Bravo” to all who were involved: the cast for their acting, singing and dancing; the crew for creating the stage and set design, costumes and make-up; and the directors, teachers and parents for dedicating their talents and time to ensure hit performances.

Also happening last month, the board approved the tentative budget for the 2015-2016 school year, which business administrator/secretary Tom Eldridge presented at the March 11 board meeting. The budget will be submitted to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools for approval.

The proposed LTPS budget for 2015-2016 school year is $69 million. $65.6 million must be raised through local tax levy, increasing the school district property tax rate from $1.36 per $100 of home assessed value to $1.42—a 6-cent increase. For more information, including spreadsheets of budget line items, go online to the district website,, and click on “Budget Information.” A public budget hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Lawrence High School library.

Also happening this month:

School will be closed for spring recess from Friday, April 3 through Friday, April 10.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Lawrence High School library.

Parent/teacher conferences for grades K–8 will be held after early dismissal Wednesday, April 22 through Friday, April 24.

Parent/teacher conferences for grades 9–12 will be held after early dismissal Wednesday, April 22.

Dana Drake is a member of the Lawrence Township Board of Education. Let us hear from you—if there are any particular issues you would like addressed, please email