September 30, 2014

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Parents, employees praise freedom of charter schools

Stephen Kerney, a first-year math teacher, directs fifth-grade students Wednesday at Lorain Community Middle School. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

LORAIN — Eighth-grade students in teacher Melanie Dunston’s class at Lorain Community Middle School wrote their own obituaries last week. The students aren’t in bad health or in trouble with Dunston. The end of year exercise tied to graduation was a chance to improve their writing and their perspectives. “I thought it was hard because Read More…

Constellation Schools criticized for workers on its boards

From one Montessori school with three workers and 27 students in the Old Brooklyn section of Cleveland in 1998, Parma-based Constellation Schools has grown to a total of 19 based in Cuyahoga, Lorain and Richland counties. Constellation has about 4,500 students and 550 employees, according to Jerry Preseren, Constellation’s executive director. While all Constellation Schools, Read More…

Elyria Catholic graduates look toward future

ELYRIA — While high school graduation is a symbolic cutting of the umbilical cord, “belly buttons never go away,” the Rev. Patrick Humphrey told 105 Elyria Catholic High School graduates Friday. Humphrey was one of four speakers at the school’s 63rd commencement to stress the need for graduates to remember their roots and religion as Read More…

Lorain teachers union presents alternative cutbacks

LORAIN — An alternative to Lorain Schools’ plan to lay off 182 school employees appeared dead on arrival Thursday. In a 3-2 vote, Board of Education members killed a proposal to have interim Superintendent Ed Branham make recommendations on the teacher’s union plan at the board’s June 14 meeting. Read the proposal below. “We will Read More…

Teachers union’s alternative cuts plan presented

LORAIN — An alternative to Lorain Schools’ plant to lay off 182 employees was presented to Board of Education members at their Thursday meeting. The “student-centered recovery plan” by teachers union president David Wood would save the jobs of 80 of the 93 teachers who are part of the layoffs and save programs being slashed, Read More…

State rejects St. Joe’s loan changes

LORAIN — The bailout of the St. Joseph Community Center has been shot down by the Ohio Department of Development and the city is cutting the financial cord with the debt-ridden former hospital. “While supportive of some components of the proposal, the state rejected the most significant, critical item in the proposal – a dollar Read More…

Ex-Lorain official convicted of theft won’t get job back

LORAIN — A disappointed Chuck Camera walked out of City Hall on Monday. In the last two months, Camera had pleaded guilty to stealing from Lorain Youth Baseball while league president, been fired from his streets commissioner job and been grilled by a city lawyer last week in a six-hour hearing appealing the firing. Now, Read More…

Lorain Council votes to end automatic pay raises

LORAIN — Three percent annual pay raises for elected officials are no longer automatic. City Council members on Monday unanimously voted to end automatic increases when the terms of elected officials end. Raises will now be voted on by Council members on a case-by-case basis. The votes will be staggered to avoid breaking Ohio law, Read More…

Chuck Camera’s firing upheld

The firing of Streets Commissioner Chuck Camera was upheld today by the Lorain Civil Service Commission. The city demonstrated “a preponderance of evidence’’ that Camera engaged in “immoral conduct, dishonesty, and discourteous treatment of the public,’’ Commission member Joseph Smith said in a written statement. Commission members reached a decision after a six-hour appeal hearing Read More…

Lorain Youth Baseball looks to break out of slump following former leader’s conviction

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LORAIN — The reputation of Lorain Youth Baseball was beaned when former league president and fired Streets Commissioner Chuck Camera pleaded guilty to stealing from the league. Camera is expected to find out today from Civil Service Commission members whether he will be rehired after appealing his ouster. The fate of the league will take Read More…