John K. Lazares Alternative School

The school is located on the campus of the Warren County Career Center, north of Lebanon at:
3527 N. St. Rt. 48, Lebanon, OH 45036

Phone:  513-695-2994
Fax:  513-695-1836

The purpose of the Alternative School is to create a collaborative effort to address the educational and social needs of at-risk students, who have experienced poor attendance, academic failure and discipline issues in a typical student setting.  JKLAS provides a neutral setting in which students' problems can be assessed and solutions can be explored. The school promotes corrective thinking and establishes boundaries providing a safe and productive work environment that allows the student to achieve academic success.

The John K. Lazares Alternative School is a past winner of two BEST Practice awards and is one of the largest alternative schools in the state. It has been used as a model for other programs.

Formerly known as the Warren County Alternative School, the school was renamed the John K. Lazares Alternative School in 2014.  Mr. Lazares, the superintendent in charge for many years, worked diligently with other officials in the county to establish this effective school program.

Tom Pecor, SupervisorTom Pecor

Tom brings his many years of success in education, programing, and special education as the supervisor of the John Lazares Alternative school. Tom earned his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Castleton State University in Vermont where he taught for three years in San Antonio, TX before moving to Spokane, WA where he taught for eight years.  Tom earned his master's degree in Curriculum & Administration from Gonzaga University in Washington State. Tom and his family moved to West Chester, Ohio where he spent the next eight years as a teacher and building administrator for Lakota Local Schools. Tom then worked in the Franklin City School District for 11 years as a building and central office administrator. Prior to his current position he spent five years with the Greater Ohio Virtual School serving as the Director of Special Education.  Tom is excited to bring his passion for helping students graduate along with his desire to work collaboratively with families to the John Lazares Alternative School.


Peggy Ludwig, Administrative Assistant