Lakewood City Schools Board of Education to begin new superintendent search
LAKEWOOD, Ohio — A week has passed since Michael J. Barnes announced he was leaving Lakewood City Schools to become superintendent of the Mayfield City School at the end of the school year.
“Certainly, I’m sad by his decision,” Lakewood City Schools Board President Emma Petrie Barcelona said. “When we completed a superintendent search three years ago we were definitely hoping we’d have somebody for a longer tenure. Yet when Dr. Kelly in Mayfield announced his retirement, I certainly was concerned that this might be something that would happen.
“Emotionally I can understand, even though I am disappointed he won’t be with us longer. I’ve really loved what he’s brought to the Lakewood City Schools and the new vision and direction we’ve had. That said, he’s still with us through the end of the school year. So we still have some more time to working with him as we move forward.”
How the district moves ahead with a new superintendent search remains to be seen. Previously the board of education employed the Ohio School Boards Association to help facilitate its search.
Barcelona said so far the board has not decided on its best course of action to find a new superintendent.
“I would say every superintendent search is different,” Barcelona said. “In this case, we’re very aware of identifying a new superintendent during the unique time we’re in with COVID and with different elements of education that have been deployed this last school year
“So at the very least, this will be unlike other searches with regard to the context of how we identify the next right leader for our district.”
Barcelona’s tenure as board of education president ends later this year with current vice president Betsy Bergen Shaughnessy taking over in 2021.
“As a board, we will do our best to work expeditiously and quickly to really identify what path we need to be on to get our next superintendent identified and in place,” Barcelona said.
“We also know that with our great Lakewood City Schools administrators and staff will provide stable leadership moving forward.”
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