Lakeland Central School District

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The Lakeland Central School District is a public school district in New York State, serving approximately 6000 students in 44 square miles (110 km2) of the towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt and Somers in Westchester County; and the towns of Carmel, Philipstown, and Putnam Valley in Putnam County. It is the largest suburban school district in Westchester County and a member of the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.

The average class size ranges from 19-24 students and the student-teacher ratio is 13:1.[1]

The District's motto is "Educating Today for a Better Tomorrow".

The district's main office is in Shrub Oak, New York. Dr. George E. Stone is the Superintendent of Schools.

Board of Education[edit]

The Board of Education (BOE) consists of 9 members who reside in the Lakeland Central School District. Members serve rotating 3-year terms. Elections are held each May for board members and to vote on the School District Budget.

Current board members are:[2]

As of July 1, 2015 the nine member board includes:

Carol Ann Dobson, President, Cortlandt Manor Term Ends: 2018

Elizabeth Kogler, Vice President, Crompond Term Ends: 2019

Michael Daly, Trustee, Yorktown Heights Term Ends: 2018

Glen P. Malia, Trustee, Cortlandt Manor Term Ends: 2017

Karen Pressman, Trustee, Cortlandt Manor Term Ends: 2018

Denise Kness, Trustee, Yorktown Hts. Term Ends: 2017

Steven Korn, Trustee, Cortlandt Manor Term Ends: 2019

Rachelle Nardelli, Trustee, Shrub Oak (Yorktown) Term Ends: 2017

Steve Rosen, Trustee, Mohegan Lake Term Ends: 2019


The district was founded in 1951 when the Shrub Oak, Toddville, and Van Cortlandtville school districts merged. In 1952, the Lakeland School District opened its doors to 1,282 children in small neighborhood schools. At its peak in 1973, the district served 8594 students before dropping to its current levels of around 6200 students.


The Lakeland Central Central School District operates five elementary schools, one Middle school, and two high schools across the district.

Elementary Schools (K-5)[edit]

Middle Schools (6-8)[edit]

High Schools (9-12)[edit]


Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School has been selected as a National School to Watch, an initiative by the US Education Department to recognize high performance by schools.

For the 2012-2013 school year, 96% of graduates attended either 4-year colleges or 2-year colleges.[1]

Lakeland High School's Girls Field Hockey team has won the New York State Class B Championship for seven years in a row (2009-2015).

In popular culture[edit]

In June 2007, singer and actress Vanessa L. Williams came to Lincoln-Titus Elementary school to explain to the 5th graders what an acting career is like.

In April 2016 David Adler, a famous author, came to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School to talk to 5th graders how he gets inspiration for his writing.

Notable Graduates: T.C. Boyle, author, also taught at Lakeland High School from 1968 to 1972

Lawrence Lindsey (1972), economist, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, professor at Harvard University

Jeffrey Herbst, Graduate Walter Panas High School, Former President, Colgate University


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