Category Archives: LCS News

Homecoming Week Spirit Days for September 29 through October 3

logo no wordsHomecoming Theme: A Stormy Night

District Spirit Days for September 29-October 3:

Monday: Frazzled Day: crazy hair, inside out, backwards and mismatch day

Tuesday: Superhero/Sport Day – Dress like a superhero, create your own superhero, or dress up in your favorite sports gear/team gear

Wednesday: Class color – each grade selects a color

Thursday: Throwback Decades Day -Wear something from another decade: 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s

Friday: Lightning Pride Spirit Wear, Green and Blue Day

The All Schools Homecoming Parade begins in downtown Lapeer on Friday, October 4, at 5 p.m.

LCS announces hiring of new assistant superintendent

logo no wordsAt Thursday evening’s special meeting of the Lapeer Community Schools Board of Education, members unanimously approved the hiring of Mark Rajter as the District’s new Assistant Superintendent for Business, Finance and Operations. Rajter is the former Assistant Superintendent for Business Services in the Troy (MI) Public Schools.

Rajter will start with the District on September 29, less than one month after former LCS Assistant Superintendent Kevin Rose was named Vice President for Finance and Administration at Spring Arbor University.

“Our district is very fortunate to have found a worthy replacement for a key member of our administrative team,” said LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie. “Mark is well-respected, highly-competent and a great fit for the future of our school district.”

Prior to his four-year stint in Troy, Rajter spent 14 years as the Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Oakland Schools, five years as the Associate Superintendent of Administrative Services and CFO for Southfield Public Schools.

Wandrie said the District received a high level of interest from qualified candidates across the state.

“We had many strong, talented candidates for this position,” Wandrie said. “Mark really showed the innovative qualities we were looking for to keep us on a positive track as an organization. This position is pivotal to the vitality of the District, and we’re confident we found the right person for the job.”

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September 22: College Night hosted by Lapeer High School

logo no wordsLapeer High School invites you to attend our 2014 College Night on Monday, September 22 at 6 p.m. Representatives from over 50 college, university, technical, business and aviation schools are scheduled to participate, meeting with students and parents and answering their questions about admissions, financial aid, student programs and more.

This is a great opportunity. You do not want to miss it!

For more information, contact Jan Ciaramella at

LHS cafeteria is really cookin': service station lines shorter, faster in week two

cafeteria shotAs many of you know, we totally revamped the cafeteria at Lapeer High School over the summer. The space looks much different now than it did a few months ago — new lightning lighting, service stations, tables, chairs, video monitors, etc.

During the first week of school, our food service staff and students did an awesome job adjusting to the new surroundings. On Monday, Food Service Director Scott Smith monitored all the service station lines in the cafeteria. We are pleased to report that the cafeteria is firing on all cylinders. There’s plenty of space, plenty of time and plenty of food!

Thank you Mr. Smith and staff!

LHS Start/end times per station
#1 #2 #3 #4
10:51-11:09 11:10-11:28 11:29-11:48 11:49-12:13  
20 minutes 18 minutes 19 minutes 24 minutes
Last Student through line
Play Bowls
inside 11:03 11:20 11:40 11:59
outside 11:02 11:18 11:41 11:58
Wild Greens 11:00 11:16 11:35 12:00
inside 11:01 11:18 11:37 11:57
outside 11:00 11:19 11:33 11:54
Ready-Set -Deli 11:05 11:22 11:38 12:00
line time
most 14 minutes 12 minutes 11 minutes 11 minutes
least 9 minutes 6 minutes 6 minutes 5 minutes

Lapeer Community Schools recalls nearly all laid-off employees

logo no wordsLapeer Community Schools is pleased to announce it has recalled 91 percent of the teachers who were laid off over the summer. Of the 22 teachers who were laid off, 20 have been recalled; the other two positions require specialized certifications. In addition, every effective paraprofessional who was laid off has been called back.

LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie said the District’s proactive approach to dealing with declining enrollment is already paying off.

“In an era of declining enrollment, still the stark reality for a majority of school districts in Michigan, our district has doubled down on innovation,” Wandrie said. “It’s difficult when the only answer to rectify budget shortfalls is to lay off staff. That is not a position we are accustomed to being in.”

Wandrie said the District is now in a position, at least in the short term, to be in a hiring mode.

“We couldn’t be happier that the programs we put in place are not only retaining current students but attracting others,” Wandrie said.

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M-24 Construction Project Update from MDOT

From the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT):

We are getting ready to switch traffic on the south end of the project.  Right now it’s looking like either this Saturday the 6th or Monday the 8th.  These dates are weather dependent.  We will still have the same configuration around Demille Road that we currently have, south of this area traffic will then be shifted to the southbound lanes.  With one lane in each direction from about Power Street to south of I-69.
The day we do the traffic shift we could have some delays.  As we move traffic from one side to the other and get all the traffic control devices lined up. 
Once this last major stage is complete for this year; we will need to top everything we did this year.  This will require us to move traffic over and adjust the drainage structures to the final grade, get the signals ready and place the final lift of asphalt.  Right now we are anticipating that we would wrap up the construction for the year around the middle of November, weather permitting. 

Letter to parents from Superintendent Matt Wandrie

logo no wordsThis year marks a watershed moment in the history of Lapeer Community Schools. For the first time in nearly four decades, our district will be unified behind one secondary program. Even more importantly, however, the structure of the entire district (pre K-12) has been streamlined to simplify transitions for students.

Over the course of the next two weeks, you will certainly encounter new and exciting changes that will, ultimately, be very positive for you and your student(s). Please understand that the changes coming in 2014-15 affect all of us: students, parents, staff and the entire community. There will be kinks to work out; but rest assured, this transition will ultimately offer a better, broader and more fulfilling experience for all students. In the interim, we ask that you exercise patience as we navigate through the first couple weeks of school. The start of every school year is always full of surprises but, as the dust settles, students and staff always find their rhythm.

A few important points for 2014-15:

  • The ongoing M-24 construction project will, without doubt, cause some of our buses to run late. This is a variable that is outside of our control, but I assure you our transportation department has been working diligently to ensure our buses run as efficiently as possible for the duration of this project.
  • We are opening four new (reconfigured) school buildings this year: Rolland-Warner Campus (6-7 Building), Zemmer Campus (8-9 Building), Lapeer High School (10-12) and the Center for Innovation – West Campus. Because of these new configurations, we have directed our administrative and instructional staff to identify class size disparities right away in order to best accommodate our students.
  • Many of your students will notice some long-overdue improvements to facilities in the District. Over the spring and summer, many projects have been completed including: Phase 1 of the athletic complex renovation at the West Campus, expansion of band and choir rooms at Lapeer High School (LHS), renovated gymnasium and cafeteria at LHS and security upgrades at our elementary buildings.
  • Finally, thank you for your patience throughout the registration process for students. As you are aware, at no point in our history have we offered as many new and innovative choices for students. We are thrilled to see so many students taking advantage of these new opportunities. It would have been easier to do nothing, but that’s not what’s best for our students. They deserve better.

Thank you for your support of Lapeer Community Schools. This is going to be a great year!


Matthew T. Wandrie – Superintendent

August 28: Ride and Drive event to take place prior to opening football game

ridedriveOn August 28, Lapeer High School and Jim Riehl’s Friendly Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will partner for a Dodge “Ride and Drive” event prior to the start of home football opener at the LCS Athletic Complex (West Campus). For every test drive taken, $20 is given to the school — up to $5000!! The test drives will begin at 4:30 p.m.

In addition, attendees at the game have the opportunity to win some cash! Two tickets will be drawn before halftime and the winners will receive $100 each and a attempt to throw the football into the bed of a truck. If the ball lands and stays in the bed from the 20 yard line, the winners will receive an additional $300. This revenue will also be donated to Lapeer High School.

A drive simulator, which simulates the effects of texting and driving, among other driving distractions, will also be on hand courtesy of McLaren Thumb Region. The simulator is really eye-opening for teens and adults. 

We are very grateful for the generosity of Jim Riehl’s, one of the strongest supporters of our students and community!

2014 LCS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor inductees named

Lapeer Community Schools and the Lapeer High School Alumni Association are proud to announce inductees for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor: Patrick Smith (Class of 1968), Geraldine Hammill (Class of 1968), Bill Kinzer (Class of 1986) and Jason Rogers (Class of 1994).

All of these inductees have distinguished themselves as tremendous stewards of the education and training they received from Lapeer Community Schools; they are role models for all students.

Patrick Smith, a 1968 graduate of Lapeer High School, went on to study at Michigan State University where he earned a Ph.D in Chemistry and spent two years as a research assistant. Smith worked for Dow Chemical in Midland for 30 years including three years as a lead scientist for Global Dow Analytical Sciences. Smith, a Midland resident, has served as past chair of numerous national meetings of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and has been a member of the Advisory Board of the New England Green Chemistry Consortium. He has been an adjunct professor at Central Michigan University and has received many distinctions including the ACS Award for Outstanding Achievement and Promotion of the Chemical Sciences.

Geraldine Hammill, also a 1968 graduate of Lapeer High School, spent 37 years in public education as teacher and counselor. She died in 2009 at the age of 58. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University, Hammill worked in public schools across southeast Michigan, including 23 years as a guidance counselor at Goodrich High School. She also spent 10 years teaching adult education in Lapeer. Hammill was very active in her community as a leader for the local American Cancer Society. She was also involved in numerous student-centered organizations that served the community.

Bill Kinzer, a 1987 graduate of Lapeer East High School, is a longtime teacher and coach in the District. Kinzer started his career in Lapeer in 1992. During his career he has taught and coached at White Junior High, Lapeer East and Lapeer West. He earned degrees in the Art of Teaching and History from UM-Flint, Oakland University and Marygrove College. In addition to his work as an educator, Kinzer has been the driving force behind successful sports programs in soccer and basketball. He is arguably the most successful coach in the history of Lapeer East High School, winning 15 league titles in his first 20 seasons as varsity girls’ soccer coach. Kinzer, a Lapeer Resident, has also served as an OMNI Council advisor, an assistant athletic director and a union representative.

Jason Rogers, a 1994 graduate of Lapeer East High School, is the owner of Rogers Pharmacy in downtown Lapeer. Rogers, a Metamora resident, graduated from Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in 2002. He saw the need for a service-oriented pharmacy and ultimately set up shop on West Nepessing Street in the former home of Rite Aid Pharmacy in July 2007. Rogers has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Pharmacist Association, the Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists, and the Lapeer DDA. He was honored for his relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor program is cooperatively sponsored by Lapeer Community Schools and the Lapeer High School Alumni Association.  The award was created to recognize and honor the accomplishments of the outstanding men and women who graduated from our schools.  By celebrating these role models, we inspire today’s students to move forward in their own pursuit of excellence.

A ceremony will be held in their honor at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in the Irwin Board Room at the Administration and Services Center, 250 Second St., in Lapeer. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

LCS students to receive free admission to all extra-curricular events, including athletics

lightning athletics copyStarting this fall, all students in Lapeer Community Schools will receive free admission to all district-sponsored extra-curricular events, including athletics. Students armed with their student identification card will have free access to all athletic contests, art shows and concerts. This idea came out of the District’s Transition Team and has the full support of the Board of Education and the Central Office Leadership Team.

It was a no-brainer.

“We are continually looking for ways to bring this community together under the banner of One Lapeer, and I think this is a great way to make that happen,” said LCS Superintendent. “These sorts of events instill a profound sense of pride in our community and we want more people to experience it.”

The District is just one month away from its historic unification of East and West High Schools. The schools had been separated for nearly 40 years.

As part of this new policy, younger students (grades K-7) will be required to be accompanied by an adult. As in years past, adults will still be able to take advantage of the punch card system for a reduced rate.

“This is just one of many long-overdue changes in the District to become more community-minded and family-friendly,” Wandrie said. “How we support our students is a reflection of who we are as a community, and I’m confident that our people will respond.”

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