Things get heated over mask mandates at LOCS meeting

Singer, Drakos and Bresett share their stance on in-school masking By Megan Kelley Review Writer The Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting. Though the agenda was light, the district administration building was packed with parents and members of the community representing both sides of the recent […]

Parents raise concern over Lake Orion Community Schools’ Health Screening Agreement

By Megan Kelley Review Writer Several parents took to the podium during the public comment portion of the Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education meeting last week to express their concern with the district’s Health Screening Agreement. Last year, as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy, LOCS students and staff were required to complete the ClearToGo […]

LOCS Board approves property purchase and sale

The Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education passed a resolution authorizing the sale and purchase of property at Blanche Sims Elementary. According to John Fitzgerald, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance, the district has been negotiating with McLaren Oakland which is located east of Blanche Sims. “We’re going to be buying approximately five acres […]

LOCS shifts COVID-19 procedures ahead of school year due to OCHD mask mandate

By Megan Kelley Review Writer The Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education met on Wednesday, just one day after the Oakland County Health Department (OCHD) issued an emergency health order mandating masks be worn in all daycares and elementary, middle, high and vocational schools, both public and private, regardless of vaccination status. Lake Orion […]

LOCS Supt. Ben Kirby rounds out first year

Kirby discusses the challenges and successes the district faced during the pandemic By Megan Kelley Review Writer After a school year like no other at Lake Orion Community Schools, Ben Kirby has officially completed his first year as district superintendent. In the early months of 2020, the district’s board of education went through the process […]

Lake Orion Robotics are not ‘back’… they never left

Lake Orion Robotics are not ‘back’… they never left

By Sydney Martin Review Contributor After a year of lockdowns, quarantines and limited social contact, Lake Orion High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 302 stood strong and held their season in a hybrid fashion. Team members passed parts between houses and built robots together over video calls, and managed to win multiple awards. Over […]

LOCS announces COVID-19 procedures for 21-22 school year

Masks expected to remain optional in LO schools By Megan Kelley Review Writer As the start of the 2021-22 school year approaches, Lake Orion Community Schools is preparing for an in-person return with some new COVID-19 procedures in place. During the Board of Education meeting on Aug. 11, Superintendent Ben Kirby provided his usual COVID-19 […]

LOCS to receive per pupil increases from state

By Megan Kelley Review Writer At Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education meeting on July 21, Superintendent Ben Kirby provided the board with several new legislative updates, including an increase in per pupil funding. Governor Gretchen Whitmer approved and signed the $17.1 billion school aid budget earlier in the month that included an increase […]

LOCS prepares to move forward with strategic planning process

By Megan Kelley Review Writer Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education is getting ready to begin the strategic planning process. To kick-start the process, the board was visited by Debbie Stair, Assistant Director of Leadership Development at the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) during their meeting on July 21. Strategic planning had been […]

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