Inzelbuch admits some can’t handle his “Tells It As Is“ personality

In case you missed Thursday’s meeting – hosted live on TLS – it was a quite a scene.

At the commencement of the Special Meeting, Board and Administration responded to questions that had been previously posed to General Counsel Michel Inzelbuch by a news outlet.

Inzelbuch, despite offers of front page coverage and a live interview by this news organization, suggested that his opinions, other than those of law, were not as important as that of the elected Board member and Administration of Lakewood schools. Inzelbuch requested, and when no responses were forthcoming demanded answers from the Board and Administration, and at times, refused to allow elected officials to evade answers.

Following the meeting, Inzelbuch was attacked a couple of individuals. But while some have an issue with Inzelbuch’s directness, others find it refreshing – especially, because he has a tendency of winning in court for the children of Lakewood.

But Inzelbuch shrugged off the criticism.

“My actions and record speak for themselves,” says Inzelbuch. You can take it or leave it.”

And many came to his defense.

“We have seen nice, fancy, and better looking attorneys over the years. However, no one cares about all kids more than Inzelbuch. And, most importantly, for all of us, he doesn’t lose in court,” said Issac Zlatkin, one of the longest-serving Board members.

Interim Business Administrator Robert Finger stated, “For the record, I was not in any way offended by Michael at the August 1st board meeting. It has always been a pleasure to work with him for the children and staff of the Lakewood Public Schools. His dedication to them and to the town itself has always been apparent to anyone that knows him or meets him for the first time.”

Here’s what the Mayor had to say in a recent email about Inzelbuch’s care for the children. “I hope you know that I have the utmost respect for you and know there is probably nobody else in Lakewood who cares more for all our children. I hope we can get this bussing issue worked out and get about enjoying what is left of the summer.”

Dr. Michael Rush had this to say. “Dear Mr. Inzelbuch, I’m writing this letter to say thank you for assisting students, especially black and brown children and adults who have academic and social issues. While it concerns me as a tax payer regarding your enormous salary, after reviewing the Lakewood Schools budget, I learned that as a result of you being employed as the Board’s attorney since 2017, the district saved more than 5 hundred thousand dollars in legal fees. It is my hope and desire that the school district does a national search for a Director of Special Education so that more funds will be saved regardless of who the board attorney will be in the future. Mr. Inzelbuch may not be as nice as some people would like him to be but I have known him for years and he is an advocate for kids. He will help children whoever they are or where they live. Sincerely, Dr. Michael Rush.”

Oscar Orellana, M.Ed, who serves as District Community Liaison, LHS Guidance Counselor and other capacities, wrote this:

“I’d like to take the opportunity to express that I was in no way coerced or forced to speak on behalf of experiences I have endured with my athletes (video below). I stand firmly behind my statements in regards to individuals which have often expressed their ignorance and bigotry when competing vs Lakewood. I must emphasize that the actions of theses individuals are often not the view of the greater community and we must be cautious to not stereotype or label these communities due to the unfortunate actions of individuals as I believe this has already contributed enough to the tensions within and outside of Lakewood. It is my obligation as an educator to bring to light the truths of the experiences I encounter with my athletes, both negative and positive, and Michael Inzelbuch has always been supportive and committed to this cause. Thank you for your time.”

You can watch the questions & answers here:


You can watch meeting highlights here:

New Lakewood High School Principal’s Acceptance here:



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  1. I’m sorry to say, but this post misses the boat. The clips relating to the activity in question are not posted here. These may be nice clips, but there was more going on by the meeting. I think an official apology is mandated. Skewed reporting is not an excuse for harassment. There’s a way to take on fake news media – as Trump often does – and it does not have to be done the way it took place. We gain nothing by provoking those who are instrumental in shaping the public’s opinions. Reporters are human beings, and there are civil ways to settle issues. People make mistakes, but doubling down on them is wrong.

  2. I am a former student of Clarke School . My parents barely knew English and surely not the laws of special education .

    Michael Inzelbuch took my case for $1.00 and we won .

    I got to go to a real school where I finally received an education. .

    Today I attend college and don’t have enough words for Mr Inzelbuch

    Thank you “Mr I “ , my family ,friends , and I will never forget .

  3. NJS should take over the Lakewood schools and eliminate the BOE. The children, teachers and taxpayers do deserve stability, resolution and an environment for success. For years, the BOE has proved they cannot provide this and do not appear to have a plan beyond throwing more money at the problem.

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