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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
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angelo September 18, 2013 at 05:38 pm
Low income housing that close to the Clifton Beach area? Are we trying to chase the wealthy out ofRead More Lakewood?
ian king September 19, 2013 at 12:30 am
More low income residents in Lakewood - without jobs for them? Come over to the east side of town ifRead More you want to see how investing in low income housing is hurting this city = rundown apartment buildings that haven't seen a repair in years; landscaping that is trashed or just abandoned; unemployed folks I assume because there seem to be an awful lot of folks just hanging around; disinvestment in housing and empty storefronts; and on and on. These statements are not racism, prejudice or incorrect politics. These statements are descriptions of the reality that exists in a lot of areas of Lakewood today. This is the reality I and others see everyday on the east side of Lakewood. So until this city can offer real jobs with real salaries to its citizens/residents why would our Mayor encourage MORE UNEMPLOYED/LOW INCOME to move into Lakewood - with not a lot of jobs available? Does the Mayor even know that Lakewood is now seen nationally as an example of a former attractive streetcar suburb that is seriously on the decline? Maybe he and City Council should read the just published 2013 book that uses Lakewood as one of its examples of increasing suburban poverty in America. Check out this fact-driven book, and maybe City Hall will rethink that somehow another low income housing project will benefit Lakewood - it won't. It will just continue Lakewood's economic decline which today is over 16% of Lakewood's resident living below the poverty line today, up from 11% in 2000. Here is this amazing, yet really unsettling book about the rapid rise of suburban poverty - CONFRONTING SUBURBAN POVERTY IN AMERICA, by Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube.
angelo September 19, 2013 at 05:20 pm
Ian, don't try to introduce facts into this proposal. You'll get called bad names. The question IRead More want answered is what is the motivation behind city government wanting to turn Lakewood into a housing project? Does it provide them with more Fed money to play God with or are they just overly anxious to dump an expensive property and will take whatever comes along?
Superintendent Jeff Patterson. (File Photo) Credit: Colin McEwen
Brandon Scullion October 2, 2013 at 02:04 pm
Bob Loblaw!
William Fraunfelder October 3, 2013 at 02:10 pm
Michael, we all appreciate your fixes, offered down from the top of your anonymous tower. You citeRead More sources that have been written by non-academics and are filled with unfounded speculation, at best. The argument you look for can't be had, as today's children can't hope to experience your unique life-experiences. And, by the way, we haven't started the name-calling yet. Thanks, though. I'd be happy to share a beer with you anytime.
Michael October 8, 2013 at 01:04 pm
William, it's obvious you have never read the book which cites Kennan and otherRead More "academics" -- as well as numerous primary sources -- whom you seem to think have a monopoly on wisdom. I learned my lesson about intellectuals and academics a long time ago when I did some graduate work at Oxford. One of the finest European historians, whom I met while there, happened also to be a journalist during his younger days while covering the war. My views are far from any perspective that a tower might offer. That air is a bit too rarified and the residents never seem to learn anything from the unintended consequences of their ideologies.
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ncoast August 24, 2013 at 06:11 pm
Where did Colin go to school? Lakewood received one (1) C & two Ds from the great state ofRead More Ohio..according to the list.
Christine Gordillo August 24, 2013 at 09:15 pm
The graduation rate is a result of a new calculation method the state implemented last year. Now,Read More any student that enters LHS in the 9th grade is counted toward Lakewood's rate even it that student withdraws unless that student can be accounted for in another district. This is difficult to track in a district like Lakewood with a high student mobility rate. However, the district has put a system in place to help account for those students after they leave so the grad rate should rise back up over the next years.
Paul Grimm August 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm
"High student mobility rate" = over saturation of low rent properties + crappy ClevelandRead More schools next door.
Lakewood school officials said that new district treasurer Kent Zeman’s experience with construction projects will be helpful as Lakewood looks to finish Phase 3 of the district’s Facilities Master Plan. PATCH PHOTO: Lori E. Switaj
M-F Schreiber September 8, 2013 at 07:05 pm
Welcome Mr. Zeman! We look forward to you managing Lakewood City Schools' finances and the upcomingRead More construction projects, which many of us are exciting to see come to fruition.
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Brandon Scullion August 21, 2013 at 10:21 am
Perhaps because there is no information yet???
judith szentkiralyi August 21, 2013 at 01:24 pm
Colin - there is a link to a news release in the article; however, it is not about the auction, butRead More about the district hiring a new technology coordinator. Could you amend the article with the correct news release re: the acution, please? Thank you.
judith szentkiralyi August 21, 2013 at 02:34 pm
I found it so here is the correct link to the news release or article re: the online auction...Read More http://www.lakewoodcityschools.org/districtNewsArticle.aspx?artID=2073 It was not difficult to find it on the Lakewood City Schools website.
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pmwxyz July 23, 2013 at 08:42 pm
Will this latest levy be affected by the state elimination of the 12.5% rollback? That needs to beRead More made clear before it goes on the ballot.
Katie Woolfolk July 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm
My family moved to the Cleveland area a year ago from Mississippi (for a job opportunity) and weRead More specifically decided on Lakewood because of the wonderful schools. Even though we're in the east end (which I hear many people nay say), I am so glad we settled in Lakewood and will support the levy if it means the continued excellence of its schools. I can't see reducing the number of schools, as consolidating would probably mean increasing class size or adding additions to already existing schools, no? I will agree with Ian on the roads... driving on Madison is a nightmare, thank goodness for Franklin! I would like to say we're so happy to be here in Lakewood, and I think many people might not realize what they have. I hear so much complaining, and while I understand things might have deteriorated over the years and there are improvements to be made, this is a great community and I'm proud to now be part of it.
Christine Gordillo July 24, 2013 at 09:19 am
Some answers to Chris Olsen, pmwxyz and ian king: The levy and permanent improvement levy will costRead More a $131 a year per $100,000 of home valuation. This levy will not include the 12.5 percent rollback as the new state budget has eliminated that provision. The state has approved the rebuilding of all three of our remaining elementary schools because the district's enrollment is actually increasing, particularly in the early primary grades. Christine Gordillo Communications & PR Specialist Lakewood City Schools
The board has approved hiring of Jim Estle, who’s been a treasurer at a few other school districts in Northeast Ohio. PHOTO CREDIT: Colin McEwen
Crl4566 July 23, 2013 at 02:36 pm
Colin, maybe you could follow up on this story with a deeper look at how the funds from the mostRead More recent levy are being spent on the administrative level.
The total combined millage is an expected 3.75 mills, according to district treasurer Tim Penton, however the school board will discuss and finalize the proposal soon. PHOTO CREDIT: Colin McEwen
Cherie Simpson July 22, 2013 at 10:34 am
Widespread financial hardships still exists in Lakewood....i.e., the NEVER ENDING PROPERTY TAXRead More INCREASES BECAUSE OF THE SCHOOLS IN THIS CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Since 2004, our property taxes have gone up EVERY THREE YEARS because of a school levy or bond issue for the schools. A levy was just passed in May of this year and now the School Board has the GALL to contemplate a bond issue on the November ballot?????????????????? If it passes, and I'm sure it will, that's TWO school related property tax increases in ONE YEAR!!!!!!!!! Members of the School Board....have you all gone mad???? How deep do you think our pockets are??? What I want to know is WHEN WILL THIS END??????????????????????????????????????
Joe Hildebrandt July 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm
Before everyone freaks out, you haven't heard the proposed levy and bond. Also, you are fortunateRead More to live in community that can manage their school funds and school properties as well as Lakewood does. Our schools are some of the top schools on the west side of Cleveland. Families move communities with strong schools, not a "cool" food scene. They are one of the reasons why so many young families are moving back to Lakewood. It is why I decided to stay in Lakewood when I sold my house in January (which by the way sold in 5 days to a young family)... so calm down and don't be so short minded on what can make our city continue to grow. Its not the city's fault that the state is cutting funding
Cherie Simpson July 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm
To Joe Hildebrandt and anyone else who is so in favor of this bond issue..... You are correct,Read More funding cuts are not the fault of the School Board. Neither are they THE FAULT OF THE PROPERTY OWNERS in Lakewood!!!!!!!!! I ask you....what part of NOT EVERY PROPERTY OWNER IN LAKEWOOD CAN AFFORD ANOTHER TAX INCREASE DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND???? Property owners not in favor of having to fork over MORE MONEY for the schools ARE NOT STUPID!!!! We UNDERSTAND the value of a good school system but ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!! Maybe the School Board should have paid more attention to the school buildings all these years and replaced them one at a time! How about that concept??????? I am SICK TO DEATH OF MY PROPERTY TAXES GOING UP EVERY THREE YEARS!!!!! Show me another suburban school system in this area that has an unending supply of cash from property owners, voted for, every three years. Good luck with that.
Lakewood Board of Education. Photo Credit: Colin McEwen
The original Bill July 13, 2013 at 08:00 pm
By law that money can only be used for construction, nothing else. As far as cost overruns, theRead More first 2 phases came in under budget so I would expect that not to be an issue. Are you new to Lakewood or were you not paying attention when, in phase 1, three brand new buildings were built. Harrison and Hayes elementary and Garfield middle were closed and the students went to other schools temporarily. It is far from a haphazard plan since it has been planned for ten years. The $50 Mil coming from the state is their share of the total 3 phase project. Do some research on the schools website and maybe you won't look so foolish.
ncoast July 13, 2013 at 08:50 pm
Duane has exercised his right to state his position...negative & sour. Although we don't liveRead More in "Perfectville" Bill is pretty much on target..the community gets involved..the best possible decisions are made so Lakewood gets the max benefit! I've seen it time after time since I've been here. A quality community requires commitment that's often financial. So, let's all join together with Duane and demand open & responsible leadership..stay involved & continue to meet 21st century challenges for thoses who will be living deep into this exciting future! I can imagine what Duanes gonna do..but, I'll join Bill & the majority of Lakewoodites who trust with our eyes wide open!
Duane Hoyt July 16, 2013 at 10:23 am
I too would trust Lakewood with my eyes wide open if they hadn't tried to pull the wool over themRead More time and time again. I am not bitter but I am sour on this idea as it is being proposed. There is conflicting information and what little there is at this point is just that, little. Even the above article is unclear, in one sentence it states a bond issue AND levy then goes on to only mention bond issues. Bond issues are good and I will vote for them. I will not vote for any additional levies. The ink isn't even dry on the paperwork for the last one, which I voted for. I have a child in the Lakewood schools. Original Bill acts as if closing half the elementary schools in the city all at once is a great idea and it's okay, it's only temporary. Temporary or not, it is terrible plan. One school at a time is sensible but 3 is insane.
Tim Penton. Photo Credit: Colin McEwen
bridgie0708 June 25, 2013 at 07:55 am
I am curious why he resigned also... hmmmm some tenure!
Christine Gordillo June 25, 2013 at 08:52 am
Mr. Penton cited "unforeseen circumstances" that were of a personal nature in his letterRead More of resignation.
Paul Grimm June 25, 2013 at 10:25 am
this smells funny
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