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Julie A. Short June 11, 2014 at 07:29 PM
I am not sure I understand your question and how it relates to the fund that has been set up forRead Morethe family of the man who lost his life. Your questions would be better addressed to the local media who reported on the story or the local police. The girl is a minor so her name cannot be released. We are just trying to spread the word regarding the fund and our deepest sympathies to the Mr. Radke's family. Thank you. God Bless.
Julie A. Short June 11, 2014 at 07:33 PM
I am not sure I understand your question and how it relates to the fund that has been set up forRead Morethe family of the man who lost his life. Your questions would be better addressed to the local media who reported on the story or the local police. The girl is a minor so her name cannot be released. We are just trying to spread the word regarding the fund and our deepest sympathies to Mr. Radke's family. Thank you. God Bless.
Julie A. Short June 11, 2014 at 07:38 PM
I am not sure I understand your question and how it relates to the fund that has been set up forRead Morethe family of the man who lost his life. Your questions would be better addressed to the local media who reported on the story or the local police. The girl is a minor so her name cannot be released. We are just trying to spread the word regarding the fund and our deepest sympathies to Mr. Radke's family. Every day is a gift. Thank you. God Bless.
Joseph Smith April 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM
Paul - The spouses of teachers get paid up to $175 PER MONTH to pay for healthcare through theirRead Moreemp loyer. Bay Village has a similar policy and the maximum payment is $75 per month. There are several major issues with this policy. 1st, why is Westlake paying so much more, especially with a higher average salary. 2nd, since the board is demanding more money why are they agreeing to increase this subsidy that is already overly generous at $150 per month.
Jim Jones April 13, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Paul, Barb L does have a right to speak her mind and I hope that our citizens exercise their rightRead Moret o give her feedback. There is a time and place for comments like that. Instead of fanning the flame of discord, maybe she could have saved her holier than thou attitude for later. It gives the impression that the mailers were responsible for Keenan's departure. If that is the case, it is a pretty sad reflection on Mr. Keenan and the Board, since they are really the ones who created this maelstrom.
Briana Imwalle April 28, 2014 at 02:48 PM
They are rounding the troops to start talking about a levy run this fall...if you ask me Yes,Read MoreKeenan got a better offer but he KNOWS he was in a losing battle with the budget and any levy passing for a long time. My son came home from track yesterday saying the season was a joke, some kid from Midd Hts even said "You guys are so rich, why can't you host a track meet?" I didn't realize the school cannot host ANYTHING after football or all spring because of the parking lot and parking issues that STILL are not done! My children also tell me parts of the school aren't finished. What a mess! And due to budget cuts (as their teachers KEEP telling them) schedules had to be cut next year. There were no teacher cuts so I don't understand this! So frustrating!
Jim Jones February 05, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Hey GotFreedom, check out the Common Core piece today on the Daily Caller website. Hard to believe Read Morethat propaganda is so obviously a part of the "curriculum" - no shame whatsoever.
GotFreedom February 05, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Thanks Mr. Jones--we did see that this morning--and we find the comments after the article just asRead Moree nlightening--here's hoping more and more parents WAKE UP and start speaking out against this horrific (IMO) education agenda--or will they--are they too busy/in their own little worlds to actually learn about what is going on in their child/children's school(s)? Appreciate you thinking of us--have a good day, regards, GF :)
Briana Imwalle February 09, 2014 at 11:07 AM
GotFreedom can you contact me at bsearles68@gmail.com? I wanted to ask your thoughts on a fewRead Moreideas . I don't seem to have much support with myself as a Westlake parent who has woke up to this situation. I am trying to make changed but I need some help!
MamaBear January 27, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Well it seems that someone in the Service Dept must read "The Patch" because since ourRead Moreori ginal post--our street has been plowed 3x (so that would be 3x from Saturday evening through this morning Monday)--thank you Service Department!
Joseph Smith February 11, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Lori, you stated “we, the people, have common interests in these public schools and haveRead Moreevery reason to be forthcoming with both our positions on the issues and in the community.” I, and others, have answered the questions. In contrast, you are silent with regards to our questions. I do not share the position of the district and their supporters have threatened to inflict physical harm to us. With that how can you question our anonymity? You asked why I send my kids to these schools that I fund via my taxes (thousands of dollars annually). I answered your questions. Do you believe that every Westlake citizen can afford to send their child(ren) to private schools? If no, how can you ask why I send my kids to these schools? These are reasonable and non-threatening questions; however, you are silent. You and the district share this trait. You and the district fail to answer questions, side with those who threaten us, and then claim that you have a “common interest”. We have acted like adults and posed reasonable questions. It is time for you, the board, and administration to follow suit and provide reasonable answers.
Paul February 26, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Busing returns after another windfall of money falls from the sky? Who is playing games here? ThisRead Morei s just politics by the board and administration. Time for answers to simple questions and time to stop playing games with our kids and working families of Westlake.
Joseph Smith February 27, 2014 at 01:36 PM
At Keenan's direction, the board cuts busing which jeopardizes the safety of our kids during theRead Moremos t bitterly cold winter in the past 10 years and hurts parents. Why? To cause PAIN so that the people of Westlake will dare not disobey them at the polls again. Now, like a magic unicorn, the city finds an extra $1-$2 million which solves the problem, in the short-term as Keenan says. Never mind that the busing cut only saved $125,000. Never mind that the district was asking for $8,000,000 more every year. Never mind that busing will not be restored until after winter. Now Keenan wants to do what is best for the kids. Never mind that this restoration could be guaranteed through next school year (Keenan's words). Keenan wants to be able to lord this over the heads of every parent in August or November. Westlake, dare not disobey me again. For I am dictator Danny and I have the power to make your kids walk 2 miles in the snow and ice next year. Now give me $8,000,000 more so that my minions can get paid $85,000 on average not the mere $75,000 that they get today.
Jim Jones January 19, 2014 at 08:54 PM
On a separate topic, i was reading a bit about a new book on Common Core. A professor namedRead MoreTerenc e Moore has written "The story-Killers: a common sense case against the common core". The excerpt that I read was very thoughtful and well written. I know you are interested in this topic GotFreedom, and wanted to let you know about it. Jim Jones
GotFreedom January 19, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Thank you Mr. Jones--I will most definitely check it out. I see that he's a professor at Hillsdale Read MoreCollege--that and being opposed to CC are 2 attributes in his favor that I like so far--much appreciated :)
Briana Imwalle February 01, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Today, I am sending ALL the board members an email regarding the 5:30 p.m. time of the boardRead Moremeeting and request it be moved to 7:30 p.m. I wish you all would do the same. I will be at the meeting and WILL be addressing the school board about negotiating teacher salaries. Can you all be there to support me? I am very worried about the scrutiny I will be under and the criticism I am GOING to endure but it would help if I had some support so Dr. Keenan does not look at me again and say "Well Im sorry, but I don't believe most taxpayers in Westlake feel the way you do" and then start his lecture about different funds going to different expenses.
Jake Nabookney January 14, 2014 at 05:22 PM
Cindy - It is not a matter of the mayors not being unable to get along. The problem stems from the Read Morecost of the water from Cleveland, the lack of investment in Westlake's water mains by Cleveland over the past decade AND new revenue demands from Cleveland. Not only does Cleveland's water (from Lake Erie) cost substantially more than water in Phoenix, Arizona (located in a dessert); Cleveland has been demanding tax revenue sharing from businesses that relocate in Westlake. Thanks to Cleveland's revenue sharing demands, the status quo is not possible. Jake
Joseph Smith January 14, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Well said Jake. The odd thing is that Westlake hasn't left anything. In order to properlyRead Moreevaluate the options available to Westlake, the Mayor and Council must explore all of the costs. This includes having discussions with alternate suppliers and any possible costs that the city would incur by switching.
Paul January 16, 2014 at 08:55 AM
The Cleveland Water Department was broken for many years and that refers to more than just theRead Morepipes . Their follow up to billing issues, service issues was awful. I for one was put on hold for hours after calling about a water leak on the tree lawn. Recently things are improving but the mayor of Westlake has/had every right to look into alternate sources of water. Cleveland water uses the suburbs as an ATM.
MamaBear January 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM
After reading this post/links--we too have attempted to contact Mr. Renacci's office to ask whoRead Moredoes he stand with--political contributions or his constituents and just like you GF--no reply--what is Mr. Renacci afraid of--why doesn't he respond to you/me--it's a simple question and in light of his recent votes--especially his vote for the Omnibus spending bill that took away Veteran's pay (did he even read it before he voted for it or does he subscribe to the Nancy Pelosi theory of passing it first to learn what's in it or is he simply following blindly along with House leadership, who in our opinion are part of the problem--establishment elite RINOS)--Mr. Renacci has some explaining to do in our opinion. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
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