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On April 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. the School Board will auction the current School Board Building for sale. The Board has the right to accept or refuse any offer at that time. This is the end of a very long process that started at the October 3,2016 board meeting. Greg Palumbo, Executive Director of the Lakewood Historical Society presented a plea from our membership to be mindful of the historic nature of the buildings as they moved forward. The video of that meeting can be seen here, Greg is at the 1 hr. 5 min. mark. Later that month the Lakewood Historical Society released our 2016 Fall Newsletter, focusing on the importance of the school buildings, which you can view here. During this time the School Board moved forward with the legally required open offering periods for possible charter schools to purchase the property. This process took 12 weeks in two sessions. Following that period it went into another 6 week period of open opportunity for public entities and private bids, this was not fruitful and lead to what will be an open auction.
During that process local historian and Society Board Member, John Vacha, presented an article in the February 7, 2016 issue of the Observer about the history of the property and the potential sale which can be read here.
Over the summer the Historical Society had heard rumors that of the three properties, two schools (Taft and Lincoln) that were no longer going to be used as schools, and the Board of Education Building, would be under consideration as the district needed to shed one of the properties. At that time we at the Society began working to spread the word and educate all interested parties about the history of those sites. While we would like to be able to save ever property that is in danger of the wrecking ball in Lakewood it is well outside our financial means to do so, we are a private organization that works toward the public good as the repository of Lakewood History, that is why our Preservation Committee works tirelessly to educate and raise awareness while working toward local Lakewood Historic Designation for significant properties and add a public layer of discours before a property can be razed.
If you would like to help in the designation of properties under City of Lakewood Ordinance Chapter 1134 please contact the Lakewood Historical Society at preservation@LakewoodHistory.org and all are welcome to attend our committee meetings. Meeting dates and times are subject to to change, please call the office at 216-221-7343 for times and locations.