Lakewood OH

Delay could help roundtable participants learn more info

            A snow day may benefit discussion at an education roundtable of area school districts organized with the help of North Olmsted school board member Terry Groden.

            Groden and North Royalton school board member Dan Langshaw organized the roundtable on school finances, originally scheduled for Jan. 12. The meeting was postponed due to bad weather.

            Much of the discussion was expected to be about what types of cuts should be expected in state funding to local school districts this year with Gov. John Kasich’s incoming administration.

            “Like many people around the state, we’re watching what the new administration does closely,” Groden said after the Jan. 19 North Olmsted School Board meeting. “It’s going to impact people at a lot of school districts.”

            During the meeting, Groden said the roundtable was being re-scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 24, with North Olmsted hosting the session at its middle school auditorium, 27351 Butternut Ridge Road.

            Groden said the number of districts expected to attend is still at 13 and could grow if others wish to attend. He also still expects several state and regional education and government officials to attend the meeting and discuss the issues with the districts.

            “I expect some pretty good discussion about all of this,” he said.

            During the meeting, Board President John Lasko said the delay could benefit the districts.

            “We could learn more about what the state is planning to do,” Lasko said. “At the least, we should have a better understanding of what’s happening with the change in administrations.”

            Lasko said having this type of forum with other districts gives them the opportunity to learn and work together on education issues.

            Groden said if the roundtable goes well, he would like to continue them.

            “There are a lot of education issues we could address in them, now and in the future,” he said.



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