December 19, 2014

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No. 9: A variety of Lorain Schools issues

Ground is broken for the building of the new Lorain High School at a ceremony on Oct. 24.

It was a bittersweet year for Lorain Schools.

In March, interim Superintendent Ed Branham announced 182 layoffs including 120 teachers — 17 were later recalled — as part of $7.3 million in cuts to close a $12 million deficit.

“This is a major impact on people’s lives,” an emotional Branham said.

In August, Branham was succeeded by Tom Tucker the first Lorain native to be named superintendent. Tucker spent 28 years working for Lorain Schools including time as band director and Admiral King High School principal before leaving for Sandusky Schools in 2008. He became Sandusky Schools superintendent in 2010.

“It’s always nice to come home, as they say, and help out your hometown,” Tucker said after being appointed to Lorain’s top job.

In November, voters approved a new levy for the school district for the first time since 1992. The seven-year, 4.8 mill levy will raise $3.12 million annually and will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $147 a year. Passage at least temporarily avoided a state takeover of the district, which plans to make more cuts.

“This doesn’t solve all of our problems, but it definitely gives us some breathing room,” Tucker said.