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People of the Year: Shaker Superintendent Mark Freeman

Here's a look at one of the names submitted for our People of the Year contest

Mark Freeman was certainly one of the biggest Shaker Heights newsmakers in 2012, and now he is one of Shaker Heights Patch's People of the Year.

Earlier this month, we asked readers to nominate folks around town who deserve some recognition, and Freeman's name was the first to be submitted.

In September, Freeman, superintendent of Shaker Heights Schools, announced that he would retire following the end of his contract in July 2013. He has held the position for 25 years.

He told Patch that he made the announcement so far in advance so that the district had ample time to find a replacement. The 67-year-old said he had been thinking about retirement for a few years, but appreciated the experience.

"I feel fortunate that the community has wanted me for all of this time," he said in September. "I think the Shaker school system is superb. It’s a marvelous place to work.

"We have a talented faculty and staff, a supportive community, and above all, great students. Great alums come back and tell us what a great education they’ve received in Shaker."

Freeman believes the district is in a good situation now, with the strategic plan in place and the implementation of the International Baccalaureate.

Freeman, who has three children who all went to Shaker Schools, plans on relaxing and traveling once he retires.

Check Shaker Heights Patch all week for more of our People of the Year.

RJ December 27, 2012 at 01:36 PM
If anything Freeman is a triple dipper !!!
Mark Zetzer December 27, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Freeman is a poster child of taxpayer abuse. Consider this Plain Dealer article from June 20th 2010, a few months after the last property tax levy was passed in Shaker Heights to "preserve" the school system: "Ten years ago, Mark Freeman retired as superintendent at Shaker Heights near Cleveland, one of the most prestigious and envied public school districts in the state, one that might draw the interest of talented superintendents. Freeman was earning $149,675 annually when he retired with a pension that was nearly 88 percent of his income. Shaker Heights rehired Freeman without publicizing the opening or interviewing any other candidate. He received a raise his first day back on the job, making his pay $156,546." http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2010/06/one_in_four_public_school_lead.html Hopefully, Freeman's legacy will be that his flagrant abuse of the public education salary and pension system finally woke taxpayers up to demand true reforms like school choice and property tax cuts.

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