November 28, 2014

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Elyria Schools receives new stadium scoreboard from ‘LIVE with Kelly and Michael’

Stacie Starr cheers after finding out Ely Stadium will be getting a new stadium. Starr is shown with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan during the production of "Live! with Kelly and Michael" in New York on Thursday. DAVID RUSSELL/DISNEY-ABC DOMESTIC TELEVISION

Stacie Starr cheers after finding out Ely Stadium will be getting a new stadium score board. Starr is shown with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan during the production of “Live! with Kelly and Michael” in New York on Thursday. DAVID RUSSELL/DISNEY-ABC DOMESTIC TELEVISION

Teacher Stacie Starr appeared on the LIVE with Kelly and Michael show today and Elyria Schools ended up with a brand-new, state-of-the-art digital, wireless scoreboard for Ely Stadium.

Elyrians near and far were excited to know Starr, a 14-year veteran of the district who works as an intervention specialist, would appear on the nationally syndicated show as one of five finalists in the national Top Teacher Search. Starr is a rock star of a teacher who teaches, coaches and mentors students.

“She believes every kid can achieve and they in turn believe in themselves,” is how Elyria High Principal Tom Jama describes Starr.

But no one was prepared for the gift bestowed upon the district.

Not even Starr.

“Shut up,” she exclaimed when co-hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa announced the district was getting the new score board.

Home in Elyria, Superintendent Paul Rigda responded with two different words, said district spokeswoman Amy Higgins.

“He just said ‘Oh, God’ with this look of disbelief,” she said.

Starr stands with Ripa and Strahan and the golden Apple award. DAVID RUSSELL/DISNEY-ABC DOMESTIC TELEVISION

Starr stands with Ripa and Strahan and the golden apple award she received on the show. DAVID RUSSELL/DISNEY-ABC DOMESTIC TELEVISION

The new digital scoreboard will replace the current 16-year-old model that is in such disrepair Higgins said birds are building nests in the back.

“It’s so outdated we can’t even find parts for it,” Higgins said. “The message board is rusted, and we have actually had to remove parts and pieces that were falling off. The control board is stationary and in the press box. Every other school that has a newer stadium has this kind of scoreboard so we are very happy.”

So, just how did the national show know just what Elyria needed?

Higgins said show producers presented Jama and Rigda with the opportunity to create a wish list.

They quickly decided the high school was not in great need considering it was just seven years ago Elyria votes passed a bond issue to fund the construction of Elyria High — a $70 million school building. They turned their dreams to district needs that could benefit many for years to come.

However, neither imagined the gift of the score board would be granted. The district had once priced out a new scoreboard and on the low end received estimates of $25,000 and more.

“But anyone who knows Stacie knows this is a totally appropriate gift in her name in the district,” Higgins said. “When Stacie is not in the classroom you’ll find her at the stadium coaching track and football.”

The scoreboard was not the only gift. Starr received a golden apple award – which is something she eyed from the moment the show announced she was a finalist – and she given a family vacation to Nassau, Bahamas.

Starr now contends for the Top Teacher spot and chance to be the grand-prize winner, which will be announced Tuesday on the show. The teacher with the most viewer votes earns the coveted title, the national attention that goes with it, and a brand-new 2014 Ford Escape.

Voting begins tomorrow at livekellyandmichael.com.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.


  • luvmytoaster

    That is awesome, congratulations! I hope you win the top prize!

  • Sis Delish

    This is GREAT News! Now, if the Mayor’s Fireworks Fundraising “greatest challenge” isn’t successful, then, The City could host 4th of July at Ely Stadium where everyone can watch Fireworks on the New Scoreboard!!!

    • Bill

      ^^^^Troll^^^^

      • JHL27

        ^^^^Troll^^^^ = lives for the chronicle

    • Otter

      You need to join “Onandon Annon”

  • MCBrains17

    This is really great for Elyria Schools and Mrs. Starr. Congrats.

    On the other hand, does anyone proofread these articles? We know the district is getting a new scoreboard, but the article also says a new high school, and a new school board. Come on people, proofread!

  • Jason Taub

    I had her in 7th grade,and her class was probably a bastion for me during a school day that was otherwise hell incarnate for an autistic, socially awkward teen, one that I try to forget about as often as possible. I wish I had her in high school, because I probably wouldn’t need to take Algebra 1 FOR A FOURTH TIME in college.

  • golfingirl

    “Shut up,” she exclaimed when co-hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa announced the district was getting the new school board.”

    Is Elyria really getting a new SCHOOL Board? What a great gift from Kelly and Michael.

    Also, the photo says:

    “Stacie Starr cheers after finding out Ely Stadium will be getting a new stadium.”

    A new stadium too. Wow…..how generous. When are they breaking ground?

    So, a new stadium and a new school board. Unbelievable. Two wonderful gifts!!!

    • Scout

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • SpaceTech

    Outstanding News!
    Because we all know the kids can’t get by on just readin, writin and rithmatic they need a good ole’ scoreboard too.
    Sheesh!

  • Greg Thomas

    This is great news. Ely Stadium is a special place and the new scoreboard will make it even better. Congrats to Stacie Starr!

  • Sis Delish

    Upon further reading, the award is a New School Board…

    From the article above, “Shut up,” she exclaimed when co-hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa announced the district was getting the new school board.

    … a great award, indeed!

  • tickmeoff

    Congratulations Stacie Starr for putting Elyria on the map, and in such a positive way! A new Scoreboard! How Sweet!!!!

  • Sis Delish

    Who pays the Gift Taxes on the Scoreboard? Stacie or The School? The IRS wants to know.

    • johns62

      no tax, donation

      • Sis Delish

        The story classifies the new scoreboard as “a gift”.

        Gifting rules for the IRS suggest someone will be receiving a 1099. Whether its a 1099B or C is the question.

  • golfingirl

    Well they corrected the article stating the prize was a new “score” board, not “school” board.

    But it still says a new stadium in the caption under the photo.

    Oh well….they got a 50%, which in most classes is still an “F.”

    • johns62

      by the looks of the photo credits, I think those are attached to the photo and added by ABC/ Disney, not the CT

  • Carrie Watson

    Congratulations! And thanks for wishing for the scoreboard!

  • Unclejimmy

    Is there somebody here from the chronicle looking at these posts?

    • golfingirl

      If there is, my guess is your above post will be long gone very shortly.

      Update….His post is already gone!

      But, thank you for your comments and have a great weekend Jimmy.

      I think I just met a new friend!

  • Unclejimmy

    Fu ck you golfin and Fu ck you sis delish. Both of you are FU cking idiots and FU ck you CT for putting these A Holes on here all the time

  • Sandra Anderson

    Congratulations. I was watching you when you received your award for the best teacher on Kelly and Michaels show.