Incumbent Dr. Brian Weiss won his fourth term on Beachwood’s school board Nov. 7 along with incumbent Michael Zawatsky and newcomer Maria Bennett. Five candidates competed for three seats with the newly elected leaving behind Allison Harris and Sam Malek.
According to final, unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Weiss secured 2,377 votes, or 25.8 percent, Bennett 2,158 votes, or 23.4 percent, Zawatsky 1,907 votes, or 20.7 percent. Harris had 1,493 votes, or 16.2 percent, and Malek had 1,282, or 13.9 percent.
Weiss has been a member of the board since 2004 and is a graduate of Beachwood High School. He said he is humble to receive the support of the community as he enters into his fourth term.
“I’m very appreciative of the community’s support after 13 years,” he said. “I’m proud of what the schools have done. I was talking with someone today and I was saying people who have had kids who are all out of college and how well they’ve done. That makes me so proud to hear that because we do a great job educating our kids. That’s what we’re here for.”
As a longtime Beachwood resident and Beachwood schools volunteer, Zawatsky secured his second term. He said there are a lot of good things going on in Beachwood schools and is happy with the shape of the school board. Before beginning his next term, he’s already focusing on the school board’s future enterprises.
“We have a lot of initiatives coming up,” he said. “We have an operating levy and bond issue coming up in May. One of our goals is to educate our community so they understand why both of those initiatives are important for our schools.”