Markling Named "Outstanding Board Member" By OSBA

Lakewood School Board President Matthew John Markling has been named the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) Northeast Region Outstanding Board Member. Markling received the award at the Northeast Region’s annual fall conference in Akron on Oct. 5. At the fall conference, Markling was also nominated for the All-Ohio School Board Award to be announced at the OSBA’s Capital Conference in Columbus in November.

A school law attorney and professor, Markling is in his fourth year as a Lakewood City Schools board member. He also is a member of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys.

With OSBA, Markling has served on the Legislative Platform Committee, Student Achievement Leadership Team, Credentials Committee, Arrangements and Hospitality Team and Northeast Region Executive Committee. He also represents his district in the OSBA Delegate Assembly and has served as Lakewood’s legislative liaison and student achievement liaison to the association.

In recognizing Markling, OSBA Executive Director Richard Lewis said, “He has participated in numerous OSBA conferences and workshops and earned the association’s Award of Achievement, along with the Master Board Member award, a lifetime distinction.”

Markling received the Master Board Member award, one of only four in the state given the award, in March 2011 and was given the Award of Achievement in both 2010 and 2011.

“Any recognition I receive as a school board member is directly related to the constant mentoring and collaborating that goes on with my fellow school board members and the administration, not to mention the unwavering support of my wife, Katie,” Markling said. “The knowledge and experience I have obtained from working with Board members Chas Geiger, Betsy Shaughnessy, Linda Beebe, Ed Favre, and John Kamkutis, as well as Treasurer Rick Berdine and Superintendents Dave Estrop, Joe Madak, and Jeff Patterson, is priceless.”  

Board Vice President John Kamkutis said of the Outstanding Board Member award: “For Matt Markling to achieve OSBA’s highest honor in such a short time clearly exemplifies the passion, dedication and respect Matt has for being a board member and advocating for the best interests of Lakewood City Schools.”

Markling’s other fellow Board members praised his dedication and work ethic as well.

“Matt is a dedicated and knowledgeable school board member. He has worked hard to earn this award,”
 said longtime Board member Linda Beebe.

Added fellow Board member Edward Favre: “Matt Markling is an active Board member who immerses himself in the job.  He has great knowledge and background that he brings to our discussions.  I have learned a lot working with him.”

In addition to serving as President of the Lakewood Board of Education, Markling is a founder of the state-wide law firm of McGown & Markling Co., L.P.A.; General Counsel for the Ohio Educational Service Center Association; an adjunct faculty member for the University of Akron School of Law; a member of both the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys and North American Association of Educational Negotiators; and an Executive Committee Member of the Northeast Region Ohio School Boards Association. Markling is also recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Education Law and included among the less than one percent of Ohio attorneys distinguished as an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 7:12 PM, 10.19.2011