Westlake school board committed to excellence, community representation

The Westlake City School District Board of Education is excited to welcome Brad Lamb to the Westlake school board. Mr. Lamb brings a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to education.

Currently serving as a bailiff and courtroom assistant, Lamb's dedication to the community is evident through his roles on the Westlake Board of Zoning Appeals and his prior service as a school board member in Fairview Park.

A proud 1993 Westlake City School District graduate with a political science/history degree from Ohio State, Lamb is poised to contribute his valuable insights to the board. Passionate about fiscal responsibility, he prioritizes maximizing taxpayer dollars and ensuring excellence in academic programming. As a coach for his son's sports teams and an engaged spectator at his daughter's games, Lamb values the importance of real-world experiences for students.

The Westlake City School District Board of Education is proud to announce the appointment of Barbara Leszynski as President and Liz Pirnat as Vice President. Both leaders bring a wealth of experience and dedication to their respective roles.

Barbara Leszynski previously served as the 2023 vice president and previously served as president of the board. With an impressive educational background, including a College of Mount St. Joseph and Kent State University degree, Leszynski is a retired middle school science teacher. Serving her fourth term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2025, Leszynski is committed to guiding the board with her knowledge and experience.

Liz Pirnat, the newly appointed vice president, is serving her second term, previously serving as the 2023 president. With a BS in management from Case Western Reserve University and a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine Spirit Education Trust in London, UK, Pirnat brings a diverse skill set to her role. Her current term expires on Dec. 31, 2027, and as an instructor for Napa Valley Wine Academy, Pirnat is dedicated to contributing to the educational excellence of the district.

In addition, the Westlake School Board would like to highlight the ongoing contributions of John Finucane and Joe Kraft.

John Finucane, currently in his third term, graduated from John Carroll University with a BSBA in management and received his MBA from Baldwin Wallace University. Serving until Dec. 31, 2025, Finucane continues to provide valuable insights to the board.

In his third term, Joe Kraft graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in economics. Joe formerly served in the positions of president and vice president. As a Director and CFP with Baird & Co., Kraft's commitment to community service is evident through his involvement with organizations such as Milestones Autism Resources, Rotary International, the Church of St. Clarence, and Knights of Columbus. His term expires on Dec. 31, 2027, reflecting his dedication to serving the community.

The Westlake school board, with its newly elected members and continued leadership, remains steadfast in its commitment to providing an excellent educational environment for all students. Through strategic decision-making, fiscal responsibility, and community advocacy, the board strives to uphold the district's mission and represent the best interests of the Westlake community.

Abigail Stopka

Hello, my name is Abigail Stopka and I am the account lead for the Westlake City School District. I work for the Impact Group PR, located in Hudson and I will be submitting stories on the behalf of WCSD.

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Volume 16, Issue 3, Posted 9:26 AM, 03.05.2024