Leesburg community and business leaders are joining with Lake County Schools to host a public education summit.
The event on Tuesday, July 29, at the Leesburg Community Building on Dixie Avenue is a unique opportunity to share ideas with top educators and to encourage more community support for schools. Discussions begin at 7 p.m.
Among those attending will be Lake County Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, Chief Academic Officer Dr. David Christiansen, School Board members and local school principals from around Leesburg. Community participants include church leaders, officials from the City of Leesburg and the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce as well as representatives from various civic organizations. Parents and interested business people are encouraged to attend.
Local schools are challenged with increasing educational requirements and limited funding for programs and facilities. Meanwhile, working families also have difficulty providing educational assistance from home.
The purpose of the summit is to help bring both sides together for the benefit of students. Volunteers are needed to assist with school activities. Businesses also are important to lend support.
“Everyone who lives in Lake County has stake in this,” said Lake County School Board Member Bill Mathias, who helped to organize the summit.
Mathias said representatives from across the school district will share information about schools and also listen to concerns from the community to help create solutions: “They will be there to listen, to learn and to gather input.”
The summit was organized by Mathias, and community leaders such as Leesburg Mayor John Christian. “I think the education summit is a big first step for Leesburg and the school district to help our schools and to build community support,” Christian said.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.