July 31, 2015

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New Lorain superintendent: Pending law doesn’t deter him from job

LORAIN — Incoming Superintendent Jeffrey Graham said Monday pending state legislation that could cause him to be fired in two years didn’t make him reluctant to accept the job. Graham was hired Wednesday as the Legislature passed a bill, soon to be signed by Gov. John Kasich, in which unelected CEOs and academic commissions run Read More…

Lorain Schools janitors challenge firing for alleged OT theft

LORAIN — Two Lorain High School janitors say they were fired after being falsely accused of stealing overtime in a case that they say has racial overtones. Bill Kopp said he was the lead janitor at the school before being fired April 9 after being accused of stealing a combined 10 hours of overtime on Read More…

Hall hired as interim superintendent in Lorain

LORAIN — Assistant Superintendent David Hall was named interim superintendent by Board of Education members Monday. The appointment takes effect Wednesday, with Hall succeeding retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker. Hall will serve until Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham takes over Aug. 1. Hall was passed over Wednesday by board members in favor of Graham despite vocal opposition. Read More…

Lorain closing in on construction hiring goals

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LORAIN — Progress on meeting local construction hiring goals is being made nearly a year after they were changed, city and union officials say. Final numbers aren’t available. However, on the six road projects awarded contracts this year, members of a local labor compliance committee said last week that they are close to or have Read More…

New Lorain superintendent has informal meet-and-greet at International Fest

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LORAIN — As part of efforts to get to know Lorain and its residents better, incoming Lorain Superintendent Jeffrey Graham visited the Lorain International Festival on Sunday. Graham, the Parma superintendent, succeeds retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker on Aug. 1. Graham said he’ll have formal meetings after he begins work. Sunday’s visit was informal, but Graham Read More…

In front of big crowd, Lorain school board hires Parma’s Graham

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LORAIN — Despite vociferous opposition from some attendees at the meeting, Board of Education members on Wednesday hired Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham to succeed retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker, effective Aug. 1. Board President Tony Dimacchia, board Vice President Bill Sturgill and board members Mitch Fallis and Tim Williams voted yes. Board member Jim Smith was Read More…

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…