School board votes to remove Barbara Byrd-Bennett's name from building

School board votes to remove Barbara Byrd-Bennett's name from building

BRATENAHL, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Board of Education has voted to strike Barbara Byrd-Bennett's name from the professional development center in Bratenahl.

Located on Lake Shore Boulevard, the building has not been used in more than a year, however, crews have been maintaining the property.

Byrd-Bennett, who left her position as CEO of Cleveland Schools in 2006, pleaded guilty to bribery and kickback charges. She admitted steering more than $20 million in contracts to a former employer when she was later CEO of Chicago Public Schools.

Byrd-Bennett will likely get seven and a half years in prison.

She's not the only questionable crook immortalized in Cleveland. Claire Freeman Lane, former executive director of Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, still has a street named after her. Freemen was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from CMHA.

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