[The following was submitted to TLS by BOE member Joel Schwartz] I would like to share this thought. I was a bit disturbed after reading the article on The Lakewood Scoop regarding the UNITE meeting with the NJ Education Commissioner. I surmise that the purpose of this meeting was to seek ways to help improve the Lakewood School District, yet no representative of Lakewood Board of Education was part of this discussion nor were we even invited to attend this meeting.
We at the BOE are always looking for ways to improve our School district. Anyone who has attended recent BOE meetings (and I know that some of those who were part of the UNITE meeting do attend BOE meetings), know that the new board is strictly all about education and that we are a willing partner to a broader coalition to help turn around Lakewood’s School district.
In fact, in the few short months since the new BOE has taken office, there have been a host of positive changes throughout the entire district. Just this morning, I along with another board member, the Superintendent and her staff, did a walk through in some of our schools to conduct a professional development assessment .As we walked through the halls and classroom we were able to sense that the morale of both student and staff is up and that major changes are already taking place. Just the new dress code alone which was respected by all students showed a renewed sense of pride that we are all in it together under the banner ” WE ARE LAKEWOOD WE ARE SOMEBODY”.
I just want to reassure everyone that despite the negativity of the press and the undermining of the BOE by some individuals or groups, I will continue to remain focused at what the Lakewood residents elected me to do, which is to ensure that all student are given the opportunity to receive a thorough and efficient education, in a fiscally responsible manner.
–Sincerely, Joel Schwartz