BOE Hires Laura Winters As Permanent Superintendent

The Lakewood Board of Education this evening hired Interim Superintendent Ms. Laura Winters as the permanent Superintendent for the Lakewood School District, Board officials confirm to TLS.

Winters, who replaced long-time Superintendent Lydia Silva, was hired at this evening’s Board meeting.

Last Friday, the district held a meeting interviewing several candidates for the job.

The position, filled July 1st when she replaced Ms. Silva, will remain in effect until the remainder of this year, plus an additional four years, a Board official said. TLS.

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  1. Lakewood High School, dominating the apex of cutting-edge technology and innovation in education, was the first school in the state to put its full curriculum online two years ago. This allowed all residents of Lakewood to access a high quality education. It also allowed LHS students to take their full course load at home under Option Two of the administrative code without having to step foot into our facility.

    The current political climate in New Jersey encourages the kind of experimentation that will eventually make all our kids count and solve our tuition crises. The Governor’s recent Education Transformation Task Force Final Report proposes to “expand an assortment of high-quality, nontraditional educational programs . . . to make a growing number of alternatives available to families.”

    The report also proposes a change for home-bound students under N.J.A.C. § 6A:16-9.2 and 10.2 “to enable districts to provide home or out-of-school instruction through on-line services to students.”

    I encourage our new superintendent to be creative and innovative enough to make the state funding formula work to the advantage of Lakewood taxpayers; to be passionate in finding a way for every child and young adult who wants a free education to access it; and to be compassionate enough to make our kids count. If she succeeds, millions of dollars, nay, tens of millions in equalization aid will flow in from Trenton, more than enough money for transportation or anything else.

  2. Four years! Why waste taxpayer money paying for four years when she will probably be gone in two! Remember Dr. Canava who was dismissed, but continued to be paid to run out his contract.

  3. It’s never smart to hire someone for 4 years till the person proves themselves. This board has a lot to learn from the boards of past, they need quick course in shtadlunus,

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