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Proposed LO Building and Site Sinking Fund Projects

CLICK HERE for a detailed 12-page summary of the proposed sinking fund projects by school building and year with cost estimates. There is even more information on the ballot proposal by clicking on the button to the right. The proposal is on the Aug. 2 ballot.

Overview of 2016 LOCS Building and Site Sinking Fund Ballot Proposal

Looking for an overview of the 2016 Building and Site Sinking Fund Ballot Proposal? CLICK HERE or on the image below to access a PowerPoint presentation on the subject.  It explains how our district is currently funded, the State's expectations for schools to address their facility needs, details on the sinking fund levy, long-term facility repairs, renovations and replacement projects that would be completed at each school, differences between a sinking fund and bond millage, which Oakland County districts currently use sinking funds, how much it will cost the average taxpayer and steps to acquire an absentee ballot if one will be unable to attend the polls on August 2.  Additional information is available by clicking on the button to the right.

Information on 2016 Building and Site Sinking Fund Ballot Proposal Now Available

On August 2, voters in the Lake Orion School District will be asked to consider a building and site sinking fund ballot proposal. A dedicated source of funding is needed for long-term facility repairs, renovations and replacement projects. This work will help provide the district’s 7,600 students, staff members and community with safe and functional educational facilities.  The proposed 2 mill sinking fund would generate approximately $3.5 million annually for ten years.  About one-third of the State's public school districts currently have a sinking fund in place to address their facility needs, including 12 of 28 districts in Oakland County.  CLICK HERE for detailed information on the ballot proposal and what the sinking fund would help address the district's facility needs.


PowerSchool will be unavailable through the summer and will resume access as school registrations begin.  For new families inquiring about schedules, please contact your child's school once they reopen for the new year.


LOHS 2016-17 sports starting dates and varsity coach contact information now available

The 2016-17 school year will be here soon.  Lake Orion High School's fall sports teams will be hosting tryouts and getting practices underway next month.  CLICK HERE for the start dates for all of the Dragon athletic teams and coaches' contact info, not only for the fall season but winter and spring, too!

International Literacy Association honors Lake Orion school district

The International Literacy Association (ILA) presented Lake Orion Community Schools with its Exemplary Reading Program Award for 2016 at a special ceremony in Boston earlier this month. Each year, ILA recognizes a school district for its outstanding reading and language arts program. The organization was particularly impressed with Lake Orion’s Early Literacy Intervention Program, which has also received County and State awards over the past couple of years. Staff members Tamura Oberle and Jillian Knapp, pictured below, traveled to Boston to accept the award and, more importantly, share their insights on Lake Orion's program with other attendees at the ILA conference.

Young Americans returning to Lake Orion for five days of fun, August 2-6!

The Young Americans summer camp is returning to Lake Orion this summer. There will be five days filled with classes and workshops in vocal performance, professional dancing, audition skills, improv acting and songwriting and that is just the beginning, as students prepare for a one hour variety show while making new friends and building self confidence. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

LO School District recognized for academic success, financial accountability by the State of Michigan

Lake Orion Community Schools has always strove to be accountable to our students, families and the community so it is especially gratifying to have received a special notice from the State’s Department of Education this week, informing us that we are being recognized as one of only 58 public school districts out of 540 across the state as “Notably Successful” in the recent Michigan Education Finance Study.  The report states that Lake Orion has achieved the highest measure for Above Average Academic Performance, plus another standard for High Absolute Performance, Growth or Special Population. In the letter from State Superintendent Brian Whiston, he says “Your district was held as the high water mark in helping determine the financial resources needed to help students be academically successful.” Whiston commended the focus, hard work and commitment of the District’s administrators, School Board, teachers, students, parents and the community to sustain a rigorous, high-quality learning environment.  CLICK HERE to read the letter.

LOHS biology teacher helps unearth five million year-old elephant fossil in Florida!

Earlier this month, Lake Orion High School biology teacher Andrea Brook went on a field trip of a lifetime – one five million years-old in the making. She joined a small team of biology teachers, graduate students and scientists from the University of Florida on a paleontology dig, where they unearthed a fossil of an extinct elephant-like animal named Gomphotherium. Over the course of two days in 96 degree heat, Brook and her colleague Rebecca Brewer from Troy High School painstakingly “scraped” away sand and sediment to uncover the end of a leg bone, while other members of the team found other bones of the huge extinct animal a few meters away.  Pictured are Brook on left with Troy High School biology teacher Rebecca Brewer at the Florida dig site.  Last year, Brook was named Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year for the State of Michigan by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Read the Summer 2016 edition of Dragon News!

Important information on the district's sinking fund ballot proposal, restructuring plans, balanced budget for next school year, Carpenter Elementary anniversary, LOHS and Learning Options graduations, Baker College program, Teachers-of-the-Year, the high school's Future Educators program, sports success and more are included in the summer edition of Dragon News! CLICK HERE to read it.


Balanced budget for 2016-17 school year approved by LO Board of Education

Lake Orion's Board of Education approved a balanced budget for the 2016-17 school year during its meeting on Wednesday, June 22.  A number of measures were taken to address a projected $3.9 million shortfall.  CLICK HERE for details on the school district's balanced budget, as well as other key financial information, from Superintendent Marion Ginopolis.

Welcome an international exchange student into your home!

This past school year, Lake Orion High School hosted 17 International Exchange Students from 11 different countries.  We are now looking for families interested in hosting international students for the 2016-2017 school year. Our students are between 14-18 years-old, fully insured, have their own spending money, speak English and must maintain good grades.  Host family requirements include a genuine willingness to share your family's daily life with an international students, maintaining an English-speaking environment, providing a bedroom for the student, preparing three balanced meals a day and being able to pass an interview, home visit and criminal background check. Host families receive 24/7 local and national support, a monthly stipend per student, host family orientation and relationships that last a lifetime.  For more information, please contact Michele Novak, (248) 431 3098,


LOHS Pool Open Swim Schedule for June/July

Beat the heat and have fun at the Lake Orion High School natatorium pool this summer.  CLICK HERE for a schedule of open swim times. $5 for adults/teens; $4 for children 12 and under/senior citizens. Kids 2 years-old and under are free with parent. Discount punch cards for multiple visits are available.  For more information, call 248-814-1715.




Introducing Lake Orion High School's Class of 2016!

A total of 540 seniors from Lake Orion High School's Class of 2016 walked across the DTE stage on June 7 to receive their diplomas and become the latest alumni of the state's sixth largest high school. The festivities included talented performances by the school's choir and bands, as well as heartfelt and lighthearted speeches on living fearlessly, the legend of the dragon, class hi-jinx, stepping out of one's comfort zone and growing into adults by students and administrators. Superintendent Marion Ginopolis even recited lines from a popular Miley Cyrus song on butterflies and Principal Steve Hawley thanked seniors for his dance moves. Family and friends cheered every student during the memorable night.  CLICK HERE to see more sights from the ceremony.

2016 Graduates of LO's Learning Options High School are Awesome!

A record 47 graduates of Lake Orion's Learning Options High School were given the charge to "be awesome now" as they imagine the many places they will go upon graduation on Monday night during a special ceremony at the high school. Guest speaker and former Learning Options supervisor Drew Towlerton cited Dr. Seuss and Kid President during his address, which drew plenty of laughter from the students, family and friends. Superintendent Marion Ginopolis, School Board President Scott Taylor and current Learning Options head Kristin Sliwinski also acknowledged the graduates' hard work and provided words of congratulations and good luck in the future, which includes jobs, college, military service, the police academy and more.


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