Welcome to our district web site. I am proud to serve as Superintendent to the Lakewood City Schools and its students. We are committed to providing the best education for every student that comes through our doors and each year our students continue to make our district and community proud.
As many of you know, our district has undergone an unusual number of personnel changes since last school year. The district is fortunate to be bringing on board top-notch administrators who will be stepping into a number of principal positions.
Our new principals are: Sandy Kozelka at Lincoln Elementary, Sandra Powers at Hayes, Sabrina Crawford at Harrison and Joe Niemantsverdriet at Harding Middle School. Former Harding Principal Keith Ahearn will be leading Lakewood High as Bill Wagner has moved into the position of Human Resources Director. Please welcome them and show them that great Lakewood spirit of collaboration that makes us great.
As we move into the 2013-2014 school year, the focus will be on five goals as adopted by our Board of Education: (see complete expanded list of goals here)
- To improve student achievement
- Plan for our next phase of school construction
- To build upon the confidence of the staff and community in the Lakewood City Schools
- To provide for the fiscal stability of the Lakewood City Schools
- To have a collective bargaining outcome that is fair to our taxpayers, fair to our employees, and enables our district to compete in the market to attract quality candidates to fill positions
Our top goal is always to find more effective ways of delivering instruction thereby boosting academic performance. Our district in the past few years has made a concerted effort to provide more effective professional training to our teachers through our early release days. Lakewood is fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated staff that strives for excellence and puts in the hard work necessary to achieve it.
Our academic efforts have paid off well, as evidenced by the district’s ranking of 14 out of 832 districts in Ohio for the Value Added component of the state report card. This means our students are learning more than a year’s worth of material in one academic year.
Our classified staff also continues to do an excellent job of preparing for a new school year and supporting all aspects of providing a quality education for our students.
Goal #2 is a big one for us and one that has been many years in the making. We have finally received approval from the State of Ohio to move forward with our final phase of our Master Facilities Plan. This will include the rebuilding of Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools as well as the east end of Lakewood High. Before construction begins, we are asking Lakewood voters in November to approve a 3.25 mill bond issue and .5 mill permanent improvement levy for the project. This will provide half of the $100 million needed for the project while the state will be providing the other $50 million.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and very exciting for our community. When construction is finished, our community will have state-of-the-art facilities for all our students that will provide the best learning environment possible for everyone.