July 4, 2015

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Graham has Lorain distress commission support; hiring expected tonight

LORAIN — The chairman of the Lorain Academic Distress Commission said he understands why some residents resent commission members supporting the hiring of Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham to lead the district. Graham is expected to be hired by the Lorain school district tonight to replace retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker. Since board member Jim Smith revealed Read More…

Board votes to demolish Lorain’s Erieview Motel

LORAIN — Sitting outside the soon-to-be-closed Erieview Motel on Monday, manager and Marion Eakle worried about the future of fellow guests. “I’ve got a lot of families here that’s not making ends meet,” he said. “What this will do is force a lot of families out on the street.” Lorain’s Demolition Board — consisting of Read More…

Board expected to hire Parma superintendent Graham

LORAIN — Presumptive Lorain Superintendent Jeffrey Graham said coming to Lorain would allow him to work more closely with staff, students and residents. Graham has been superintendent in Parma, which has about 11,500 students, about 75 percent more than Lorain’s roughly 6,500, since 2010. “I want to have a more intimate relationship with members of Read More…

Confrontation alleged at marijuana group’s meeting

LORAIN — A marijuana legalization proponent is accused of threatening an opponent at a Tuesday forum. Bobby George — a backer of ResponsibleOhio, which is pushing a fall ballot initiative to legalize medical and personal use of marijuana — denies the allegation. A Thursday news release from Citizens Against Responsible Ohio said George threatened group Read More…

Parma superintendent’s current contract exceeds Tucker’s

LORAIN — Prospective new superintendent Jeffrey Graham earns roughly $14,000 more annually than retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker. Board of Education members Tuesday said school attorney Anthony Giardini and Treasurer Dale Weber are negotiating a contract with Graham. Board members are expected to hire Graham at a meeting Wednesday. Tucker, hired in 2012, has a three-year Read More…

Parma Schools superintendent is Lorain Schools’ top choice

LORAIN — A successor to retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker hasn’t been finalized, but board members are offering Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham the job rather than Lorain Schools Assistant Superintendent David Hall. “We made the decision that we thought was best for the district going forward,” board Vice President Tim Williams said Tuesday, adding that contract Read More…

Lorain school board member: Meetings violate Sunshine laws

LORAIN — Board of Education members are being asked to craft a contract offer for Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham to succeed retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker in violation of Ohio Sunshine laws, board member Jim Smith said Tuesday. Smith said Treasurer Dale Weber has been trying to arrange meetings with two board members at a time Read More…

Water rates remain unchanged in Lorain — for now

LORAIN — Water rates are not expected to rise to pay for waterline improvements this year, but they could increase next year. “If we need to make an adjustment at the end of the year, it will be nominal,” Mayor Chase Ritenauer said after Monday’s City Council meeting. “Hopefully, we won’t have to make an Read More…

Vacant property registry reveals gaps in maintenance

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LORAIN — The new vacant property registry, designed to make banks and other entities responsible for foreclosed property maintenance costs rather than taxpayers, is being ignored by many banks, a Lorain official said. Just a handful have paid a $10,000 bond that is part of the registry in the first three months of it taking Read More…

Lorain superintendent finalists narrowed to two

LORAIN — A successor to retiring Lorain Superintendent Tom Tucker will be chosen at a special school board meeting June 22, board President Tony Dimacchia said Thursday. Dimacchia made the announcement after an emergency board meeting in which members narrowed the finalists to Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham and Lorain Assistant Superintendent David Hall. Euclid Assistant Read More…