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Name: Robert F. Bodi
Date of Birth: March 8, 1964
Occupation: Intellectual property attorney as partner at Pearne & Gordon LLP in Cleveland
Education: Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Law
Family: Wife Holly; son Andrew (8 years old, in third grade at Hilliard); and daughter Annabelle (6 years old, in first grade at Hilliard)
Years residing in Westlake: 1.5 years
Office Sought: Westlake Board of Education
Previous Public Offices Held: None
Campaign Web Page: votebodi.com
Candidate Statement: In these troubled economic times, Westlake needs a School Board that will embody strict fiscal discipline overseeing the taxpayer’s money, while ensuring educational excellence. Throwing money at the school district will not result in excellence, but inefficiency. With Westlake schools deteriorating for lack of maintenance, teachers’ salaries averaging over $70,000 per year and rapidly rising with annual raises of over 7.5 percent with the ever increasing costs of fringe benefits, and a serious financial deficit looming, the current dysfunctional School Board has failed to provide leadership and proper stewardship of the taxpayers’ money.
I pledge to impose strict fiscal discipline on the district, to enforce Board decorum, and provide necessary leadership so that the Westlake School System partners with the community, including local businesses leaders and financial experts, to find economical and cost efficient means of ever greater academic improvement. Furthermore, I will ensure that all the citizens of Westlake, including all taxpayers of Westlake, are adequately represented and their voices heard. I will not cave in to special interests that are driving the current Board, but instead represent the entire community.
Typical school board candidates and the unions talk about putting the children first, but their actions show that this is not the case. Teacher layoffs and cutting bus service while paying salaries far in excess of professional market rates and allowing buildings to deteriorate shows where their loyalties lie. I believe that putting children first means spending money wisely and effectively: “Excellence within Budget” is my pledge.
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