Friday, January 11, 2013
Board looks at the year ahead in a meeting that lasted more than four-and-a-half hours.
Members of the Lakewood Board of Education agree that a school levy is needed to secure the financial future of the Lakewood City Schools. But, there are still several details yet to be ironed out. Those details include what type of levy the district should ask Lakewood taxpayers for. It's also unclear how much the district will ask for. Or when. Board members began that discussion at a special four-hour school board meeting on Thursday. “As I’ve said in the past, we can either continue to make significant reductions to our staff, or we can put a measure on the ballot,” said Superintendent Jeff Patterson. John Larson, from Squire Sanders law firm, presented a few levy options to district officials. But the seems as if the board is …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Board member Ed Favre was nominated and approved to become the district’s president in 2013. Long-time board member Linda Beebe was appointed as the board’s vice president.
The Lakewood School Board appointed its new officers for 2013 at its first board meeting of the year on Monday. Board member Ed Favre was nominated and approved to become the district’s president in 2013. Long-time board member Linda Beebe was appointed as the board’s vice president. The board unanimously approved the appointments.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The school was recognized at Monday's school board meeting for earning state honors.
While several charter schools around the state struggle to meet minimum state educational standards, Lakewood City Academy finally turned the corner this year. The charter school sponsored by Lakewood City Schools was commended at Monday’s Board of Education meeting at Garfield Middle School for its recognition as one of the top 10 community schools in the state at last month’s 2011 Student Achievement Fair of the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference. “We are proud of what we’ve accomplished, and the hard work of our students, teachers and staff has paid off,” said LCA superintendent Terrilyn Bornino-Elwell. The success hasn’t come easy, though. In the 2005 school year – its inaugural year – LCA was put on Academic Watch by …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Lakewood School Board candidates wait for final vote tally.
With more than 500 provisional votes — and 18 absentee ballots — left to tally, the race for the third seat on Lakewood School Board is still too close to call. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections reported that there are still 534 provisional ballots that have yet to be counted, according to an unofficial provisional ballot report and an absentee ballot report. Three four-year seats were up for grabs on school board this election year. Incumbent Linda Beebe (6,107 votes) and newcomer Tom Einhouse (5,352) were the clear winners, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The third seat is where the race really tightened up. Emma Petrie-Barcelona unofficially won the third seat on school board, with her 3,733 votes edging out …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Preliminary results show make-up of new school board.
Upated 12:17 p.m. Nov. 9. With all 41 precincts reporting, voters elected Linda Beebe, Tom Einhouse and Emma Petrie-Barcelona to the Lakewood City Schools Board of Education Tuesday. “It’s going to be a great experience,” Einhouse said. Beebe, 69, said she’s pleased with the results, because the winners were all those who focused their campaign on education. “At the end of the day, that’s really what it’s all about,” she said. Six candidates ran for three open seats, including incumbent Beebe. Board President Matthew Markling and member John Kamkutis decided not to seek re-election, citing family obligations. Beebe, Einhouse and Petrie-Barcelona will join Ed Favre and Betsy Shaughnessy on the school board, and serve a four-year term. …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The debate offered residents a chance to meet the candidates, and hear their plans to fix the district's proposed budget gap.
Six candidates for three open Lakewood Board of Education seats in next month's election answered questions from voters Tuesday at a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Cuyahoga Area at Lakewood Park’s Woman’s Club Pavilion. No surprise, the issue of the night was cutting the district’s proposed $10.5M budget hole by 2015. “We cannot balance that budget on tax increases alone,” said Bill Call, who is treasurer of an HVAC company in Lakewood. Call said employees must make financial sacrifices, teachers should embrace web-based and home-based teaching and schools should adopt standards-based education. “The schools must be more productive,” he said. But Tom Einhouse, vice president of real estate services at Playhouse Square, …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
More than 60 attend the forum at Garfield Middle School on Wednesday night.
More than 60 people attended Wednesday's community forum at Garfield Middle School featuring the six candidates for three seats on Lakewood School Board. The candidates covered a range of issues — including Phase III of the long-range master facilities plan, SB 5 and which other candidates they'd like to serve with. However, with a heavy focus on finances in the years ahead, the candidates moved past talking points and go-to rhetoric and went straight to the issues. Hosted by the Lakewood Council of PTAs, the Meet the Candidates forum allowed residents to inquire about the future management of the school system. Questions for the candidates were submitted ahead of time. The event — which moderate Bret Callentine said was "not designed to …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
"Meet the Candidates" — a forum organized by the Lakewood Council of PTAs — will put Board of Education hopefuls to the test on Wednesday night.
With a heavy focus on finances in the years ahead, parents want solutions that move beyond talking points and go-to rhetoric. They want answers, and on Wednesday, the Lakewood Council of PTAs will host a Meet the Candidates night to let people inquire about the future management of the school system. It’ll also give voters an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the candidates who include incumbent Linda Beebe and challengers Bill Call, Greg Calleri, Tom Einhouse, Kristine Pagsuyoin and Emma Petrie-Barcelona. There are three seats on the school board up for election. “Candidates will have the opportunity, with limited time, to introduce themselves and then to respond (again with limited time) to a series of questions,” PTA’s …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
As part of our election coverage, Lakewood Patch will provide profiles of each of the city's school board candidates.
Name: Linda Beebe Age: 69 Occupation: Attorney – solo practitioner in estate planning and probate law Education: Kent State University and Cleveland Marshall College of Law Political Affiliation: Democrat (board members serve the district on a nonpartisan basis) Office Sought: Lakewood Board of Education (she's an incumbent) Previous Political Office Sought or Held: Lakewood Board of Education Candidate Statement: Public education is the single most important investment we make in a democracy. My commitment in the seven terms I have served on the Lakewood Board of Education has been to support the ability of the District to provide an excellent education to every child. I bring breadth of experience to the Board. I taught English and …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
School board vice president John Kamkutis has dropped out of the election, but president Matt Markling has yet to submit his withdrawal letter.
With three open seats and potentially seven candidates running, this could certainly be an interesting election for the Lakewood Board of Education. According to the Cuyahoga County’s Board of Elections final list, Kamkutis is not seeking re-election, but Markling still may run against the five new candidates as he has still not submitted his withdrawal letter, a Board of Election official said. In July, Markling made the unexpected announcement that he would not run for reelection, and he did not immediately return e-mails asking if he still planned to run. He has until early September to issue the withdrawal letter. School board member Linda Beebe, whose seventh consecutive term expires on Dec. 31, will be vying for number eight this …