District News

DISTRICT PART OF EDUCATION JOB FAIR DEC. 9

Come join the Lakewood City School District and 19 other districts at the first annual North Coast Shared Services Alliance “Educator Recruitment Event” for certified teachers. Meet Lakewood staff; learn about substitute teaching in the District; and share your resume. The event is Dec. 9 from 10 am-1 pm at the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center, 6393 Oak Tree Blvd., Independence.


DISTRICT EARNS SPOT ON AP DISTRICT HONOR ROLL

Lakewood City Schools is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada and one of only 30 in Ohio being honored by the College Board with placement on its 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.


BOND DEBT RE-FINANCING COULD NET $1.4M SAVINGS

The Board of Education at its Nov. 17 meeting granted permission for the Treasurer’s Office to pursue re-financing of up to $39 million of the district’s current debt, which could result in a savings of $1.4 million. With markets currently favorable to refund bond debt, Treasurer Kent Zeman saw an opportunity to restructure the district’s debt. “This is a way to generate savings and ultimately cost taxpayers less over the life of the debt,” Zeman said.


APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR REC. & EDUC. COMMISSION SEAT

The Lakewood Board of Education is looking to fill the open seat on the Community Recreation and Education Commission due to the passing of its President, Don Sharp.


PROJECT REVISIONS ALLOW RE-ALLOCATIONS OF FUNDS

The Board of Education at its Nov. 17 meeting approved two amendments to the construction project agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission that will result in an additional $3 million being available for the district’s Master Facilities Plan third and final phase.


GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST MEIXNER TO PLAY CIVIC

On Wednesday, Dec. 3 at  7 pm, Alex Meixner and his band will take the stage at the Civic Auditorium for a concert featuring his unique style of world fusion music.  Meixner is a Grammy-nominated trumpeter, pianist, accordion player, and music producer who blends classical, jazz, pop, and polka styles and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra. 

 


LHS' PETTO EARNS OUTSTANDING MATH TEACHER AWARD

Congratulations to LHS' Peter Petto, who received an Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award from the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics at its annual conference on Nov. 6 & 7. 


PATTERSON NAMED OHIO SUPERINTENDENT OF YEAR

Lakewood City Schools Superintendent Jeffrey W. Patterson has been selected as the 2015 Ohio Superintendent of the Year by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators for his leadership of the 5,500-student district.


HARDING SALUTES VETERANS AT ANNUAL CEREMONY

Harding Middle School staff and students showed their respect and support for our country’s veterans during the 16th annual Veterans Day Recognition Program on Monday, Nov. 10. Mayor Michael Summers and Principal Joe Niemantsverdriet welcomed the veterans and reminded students of the importance of taking time to thank those that have served their country.


DISTRICT SURVEY SEEKS INPUT ON SCHOOL CALENDAR

During this school year, a committee is studying the concept of a longer school day and/or a modified school calendar to provide opportunities to reach our goal of becoming one of the Top 20 school districts in Ohio. The committee's charge is to gather input from all stakeholders in the community. Please take the following survey to help the committee focus its work and gauge reactions to a variety of calendar ideas:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7R56SCS


EMERSON PRESCHOOL PROGRAM EARNS TOP RATING

Emerson Elementary’s Early Childhood Program has earned a 5-Star rating from the State of Ohio for meeting the quality standards established by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education. 


GRANT TO HELP EMERSON STUDENTS DIG INTO COMPOSTING

Lakewood Earth and Food Community (LEAF) has awarded Emerson Elementary teacher Christine Karabinus a $500 grant that will allow Karabinus and her fourth grade classroom to learn about sustainable agriculture through composting. The grant will enable Karabinus to buy a composting tumbler, a worm composter, worms, trowels and other supplies needed for the year-long project.