John Reed, Julie Beaty to Run for West Bloomfield School Board

The filing deadline for one position on the West Bloomfield School Board and other local races was Tuesday.

Earlier this week,  for seats in the Greater West Bloomfield area in the Nov. 6 general election.

Though we already knew who will be on the ballot for various state and regional elections following the Aug. 7 primary election, these races weren't official until now.

West Bloomfield School District

Residents district-wide will be asked to vote for one new member on the West Bloomfield School Board. , whose fifth term ends Dec. 31, withdrew from the ballot after paying a $100 fee to bypass the number of petitions required to gain entry. Tobin had filed to run Jul. 10 and withdrew on Tuesday.

The West Bloomfield residents who will be running for Tobin's spot on the board for one six-year term are Julie H. Beaty and John Reed.

Bloomfield Hills Schools

Residents district-wide will be asked to vote for two members of the , while also voting for one person to serve a partial term on the school board.

Running for two regular seats on the Bloomfield Hills Board of Education (to serve six-year terms) are:

  • Howard Baron
  • Ingrid Day, incumbent
  • W.F. Moigis

Running for the partial term (to end Dec. 31, 2014) are:

  • Joan Berndt, appointed
  • Robert Herner, appointed
  • Jenny Greenwell

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

West Bloomfield residents living in the Walled Lake Schools' borders will vote for two incumbents to fill their spots for six-year terms: Vice President Peggy Casagrande and Trustee Marc A. Siegler.

Sylvan Lake City Council

Incumbent council member Russell Meskin will again seek a three-year term in November, as will E. Cassar. Sylvan Lake voters will choose two on its city council ballot.

Keego Harbor City Council

Incumbent council member Joel Yoder will again seek a three-year term in November, as will John Newberry. Keego Harbor voters will choose two on its city council ballot.

Oakland Community College Board of Trustees

West Bloomfield residents E. Wadsworth Sherrod III and Olga Meyer are among a pool of 13 vying for two spots on the board. Trustees serve a six-year term.

Be sure to visit West Bloomfield Patch's Aug. 7 primary election coverage for better picture of the entire ballot.

Patch local editor Art Aisner contributed to this report.

Louise Cantor August 16, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Tobin's inability to close school buildings years ago will haunt WB Schools for years to come. He was not capable of efficiently protecting and allocating the district's financial resources. Instead of making tough decisions he buried his head in the sand which in turn lead tthe district into an embarrassing deficient. He was dishonest about the Green School name change and his recent decision to settle for a retired Superintendent speaks volume about his vision.
Judy Herman August 19, 2012 at 02:58 PM
This community should applaud Tobin's decision to not run for re-election. He has personally been at the helm (either officially or stealthily) as this school board majority has over and over again made short sighted decisions that have not been in the best interests of our children and our community. He led this district into deficit, failed to close buildings (or even evaluate this issue) while neighboring districts have moved forward, failed to follow-up on the Visionary Strategies paraded before us, alienated and disrespected our teachers, spearheaded the disregard for our community's history in changing a school's name, and over and over again violated the Open Meetings Act. Perhaps with this election, we can create a new proactive majority that puts our kids, our schools and our community first.
Richard Gold August 19, 2012 at 04:50 PM
This really is Reid vs. the Board shill. Julie Beaty was the Board's condidate last election; she came in an unimpressive fourth. Beaty files. Tobin withdraws.. This is not a coincidence. It is just like how the Board got their last shills, Randi Sakwa and Raman Singh, on the Board a few years back. Mrs. Sakwa and Mrs. Singh rarely speak and never vote against their pals. WB really does not need another shill on this Board.
Paul Moore August 19, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Julie Beaty was quietly endorsed by the board the last election, and ran a campaign along side Nick Hersh. The district has a long history of board members resigning on the last day possible and inserting their chosen candidate on the ballot. Tobin resigned on the 13th of August, and Beaty paid her 100 dollars and signed up on the 14th. Interesting coincidence. More of the same for West Bloomfield. When will the voters wake up and protect our kids.
RogerS August 23, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Community members are stating that Bruce Tobin has already left the board and is has been replaced by someone else until the end of his term. Can the school board really do this? Why has the community not been informed about this major change. The Patch should investigate this story and inform the West Bloomfield voters.
WBresidentsforchange October 08, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Julie Beaty is endorsed by the current board, She will represent more of the same for the West Bloomfield Schools. She will fall in line and follow the current board's directions. If your happy with how the West Bloomfield schools are being currently managed, vote for Julie. If you are interested in change, want a real educator who will speak up for kids and the community consider John Reed. It's time for change. It's time for someone new.
WBresidentsforchange October 09, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Julie Beaty needs to clarify for the voters. Less than a year ago, she was a proffessor at Oakland Community College, Now she states in the Leaugue of Women Voters guide, she has spent the last 20 years in management directing staff and a buget of 125 million dollars. Please clarify your current position of employment, how long you have worked there, and your responsibilities. People are confused, and deserve to know the qualifications of the candidate they are voting for.
WBresidentsforchange October 10, 2012 at 05:44 PM
John Reed has the endorsements of the West Bloomfield Educational Groups that truly matter when it comes to your children and their educational experiences. The people who help your children grow and experience success everyday. John is endorsed by the West Bloomfield Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers,High School Teachers,Counselors,Special Education Teachers ,Social Workers,Speech Pathologists and Paraproffessionals, John Reed is focused on putting our children first !!!
WBresidentsforchange October 12, 2012 at 01:03 AM
The distinct difference between the two candidates is clear. Julie has the endorsements of current and former West Bloomfield School Board Members. If you are truly happy with the direction and performance of the West Bloomfield School Board, you should vote for Julie as she represents more of the same for the West Bloomfield School District. John Reed has neither sought out or wants connections from the current board. John represents a change and someone new. John does have the most important endorsement of all the people who care for your children everyday. Teachers, paraprofessionals, Special Educators, Bus Drivers, Secretaries, custodians, food service, hall monitors, social workers, school psychologists, speech pathologists and security guards. If you want change vote for John Reed, if you want more of the same, vote for Julie Beaty.
WBresidentsforchange October 12, 2012 at 01:51 PM
John brings a lifetime of real educational experience to the board. He is all about kids all the time. John has extensive experience teaching within the frameworks of federal legislation including ADA, IDEA, LRE, NCLB, FAPE, common core curriculum and teacher evaluations. John has a true understanding of how these initiatives affect learning and impact student success. HIs committee work includes school improvement, curriculum, NCA accreditation, closed campus, facilities improvement, athletic advisory, crisis teams, school safety, block scheduling /trimester review, and special education advisory. John Reed is clearly the most qualified candidate when it comes to making decisions about our kids.
WBresidentsforchange October 14, 2012 at 01:44 PM
The League of Women Voters worked diligently to put together a debate/forum between the two candidates. John Reed was eager to share his vision for the future of the West Bloomfield Schools. Unfortunately Julie Beaty has declined an offer to debate. The community would benefit greatly hearing both candidates goals for the West Bloomfield Schools. With such an important decision to be made, its the right thing to do. Hopefully, Julie will be as willing as John Reed to speak publicly with the community. Its the right thing to do.
Westbloomfield Weinstein October 15, 2012 at 04:04 PM
The league of women voters should hold the debate regardless if the other candidate does not show up. People need and deserve to know who they are voting for. What happened to the Law club that sponsored the debate last year as a learning tool for students? Why won't THE PATCH run the debate. Isn't their job to be a forum for the public and education? Why didn't Judy Herman run for election. She is so outspoken and critical of all our representatives but hides behind a convenient wall. People who consistently complain but don't act for change are worthless and should be silent but wait...she has during this election. Lets have discussion publicly and openly so voters can decide. Soon. Absentee voters are sending in ballots already. John Reed versus silent Julie Beatty
WBresidentsforchange October 23, 2012 at 06:03 PM
John Reed is willing and able to debate anytime. The West Bloomfield community deserves better. John is excited to share his vision on how the board can work together to make WB Schools a great place for students to learn and grow. John is a lifelong advocate for children and he will speak openly for them. Why won't Julie Beaty ? Its more of the same for the West Bloomfield School Board. Candidates should be willing to run for public office openly and fairly, so voters can decide the outcome of the election, not a few select group of connected individuals. WB schools are for everyone, not just the chosen few.
Judy Herman October 29, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Having been knee deep in a full time job and my daughter's Bat Mitzvah, I just had the pleasure of reading this comment, a mere cowardly unwarranted personal attack under the mask of a pseudonym. I have said repeatedly and will repeat here: I hide behind nothing. I write as myself and express my opinion -- whether popular or not --freely. I will not run for school board as long as the current majority is intact. I look forward to John Reed -- an educator with over 25 years experience serving kids 24/7-- breaking down the majority further. The real issue here is not why didn't I run (I'd be more than willing to discuss that with anyone who is interested), but instead why did Julie Beaty refuse to debate John Reed? The rumor is that she is too busy with her new job. If that's the case, she surely won't have time to serve our kids on the school board, a very time-consuming position.
Christy Forhan October 29, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I don't think most people realize that the School Board sits across the table from the Unions during collective bargaining. Ultimately, the contracts are executed between the School Board and corresponding Union. School Board members who are married to represented staff, such as a teacher, are in a quandary during negotiations: how to represent the best interests of the school district as a whole, while discussing issues that will affect their own personal household income and benefits? Some view this as a conflict of interest. I would like to hear John Reed explain how he intends to deal with that situation, if he is elected. (Yes, there are 2 other sitting school board members married to WB staff, but neither of them won a contested election. There are 2 candidates this time so voters have a choice.)
Judy Herman October 29, 2012 at 07:47 PM
While I respect Christy Forhan for her volunteer work and awesome posters, I take issue with this comment posted here and on Facebook as it’s no more than a red herring for these reasons: First of all, the real question is why couldn’t John Reed address Mrs. Forhan’s question a public forum? The answer: because Julie Beaty, Mrs. Forhan's friend and candidate, refused to debate him when requested to so by both The League of Women Voters and the students of the West Bloomfield Law Club. WB voters should receive Mrs. Beaty's explanation for that refusal. Second, this question impugns the integrity of Mr. Reed, a longtime resident of West Bloomfield, educator and coach who has never conducted himself in any manner to lead anyone to believe he would fail to serve our community’s interests, simply because his wife is a District employee (longtime teacher at Gretchko). This assumption by Mrs. Forhan is a non-sequitur. Finally, the fact that Chase and Einstandig may not have gone through contested elections begs the question. If one has a concern about a potential conflict of interest because a school board member is married to a district employee, this concern is not magically negated by how the Board member obtained his Board position; another non-sequitur. (I am quite certain Mrs. Forhan has never raised this issue regarding the sitting Board members, although the alleged conflict has surely been present throughout their tenure).
WBresidentsforchange October 29, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Christy Forhan and Julie Beaty are the founding members of West Bloomfield Families Stand United, or the "Blue Shirts", a small vocal minority of parent that do not represent the ever increasingly louder silent majority of parents in this district. We have had enough and it will show on election day. It was Christy herself who said publicly at a board meeting that the district should impose the teacher contract and as a result of her and Julie Beaty's actions, alot of trust relationships throughout the district have been destroyed. If you do not believe this, just ask the huge numbers of incredible staff members who have left this district to work in school districts that actually care about them. Thanks Christy, but you do not speak for the majority of the community. John Reed is incredibly more qualified than Julie Beaty to serve on our board, . If you knew a few things about school boards, it would be highly unlikely that a brand new board member would ever sit in a position of doing direct negotiations with the union. Do your homework for a change. Also, explain to the community how you could ever be impartial or your candidate, who refuses to speak publicly to the community, when you are clearly quoted and defined in the Patch Article below as the parent who urged imposing of the teacher contract less than a year ago. http://westbloomfield.patch.com/articles/public-comments-offer-fresh-perspectives-at-school-board-meeting
Christy Forhan October 29, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Wow, do I really deserve this? I am proud to call Julie Beaty my friend and think she would be an exceptional school board trustee.
Judy Herman October 30, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Christy, thanks for admitting to the Patch readers that Julie is your friend. Why the double standard? Why do you want to hear from John about an issue that was resolved last year yet you don't think Mrs. Beaty needs to explain why she has refused a public debate?
Richard Gold October 30, 2012 at 02:05 PM
David Einstandig was appointed and then ran in a hotly contested election. Neither Christy nor any of her fellow blue shirts (remember them?) have ever raised a concern about this conflict with respect to David’s wife, also a WBEA member. This is just an issue because John Reed is running against their friend, another member of the anti-teacher blue shirt group. We really do not need another anti-teacher Barb DeMarco/Bruce Tobin shill on this Board. Vote for John Reed to move further towards bringing transparency and the interest of the kids to the WBSD instead of cronyism!
Julie Beaty October 31, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Judy- I did not "refuse" to partcicpate in the forum. As the gentleman from the the LOWV stated when he called me, "we forgot to notify the candidate". No one conacted me about the forum until the Thursday before it was scheduled (which was the following Monday). Like your candidate of choice from last year, I had a busness event already scheduled that evening. There was no other forum scheduled.
Richard Gold October 31, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Julie Beaty, The entire community needs to hear from you about why you refused to debate John Reed, not just “Judy”. Many voters want to see your answers! You must also explain why it took you so long to respond when your answer is so simple. This is a pretty lame excuse for not participating in the LOWV debate. You must also share your excuse for also turning down the students’ law club debate. You left that excuse out. You must respond to my other questions too. The WBSD voters and kids have a right to hear your responses to ALL these important questions. Thanks to the Patch for offering this discussion forum. Let’s see your other responses now. Maybe John Reed will participate too.
Judy Herman October 31, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Julie, Thanks for finally sharing your reason for not debating John Reed this year. I'm not sure why you have addressed this response to me when this question is of interest to the everyone voting. What about the law club debate? Maybe you and John can throw together a joint coffee talk this weekend for a more informal debate--I'd be more than happy to coordinate. Let me know!
Debbie Lecours November 05, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I have just discovered this site, specifically because i know absolutely nothing about either candidate. These responses has been very revealing and because of them this household will be voting for John Reed. Now, if I could find anything about WB Library Board candidates I would be very happy. Thanks.


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