March 31, 2015

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New member: Elyria school board should act openly

Greg Elek

ELYRIA — Greg Elek is joining the Elyria school board as it is in the middle of a contentious superintendent search. His Wednesday appointment came about when longtime board member Don Boddy quit because he didn’t agree with the search process. Elek, a certified public accountant, said Thursday he believes now is a crucial time Read More…

Elyria looks to Akron to solve police recruiting troubles

Elyria Police

ELYRIA — The Elyria Police Department is losing yet another young officer as Wednesday marked the last day of service for Officer Durrell Binford. Police Chief Duane Whitely delivered the news in the most innocuous way Monday night, more of a reminder to City Council that Elyria is losing officers faster than it can hire Read More…

Greg Elek named new Elyria school board member

Greg Elek

ELYRIA — Greg Elek, a certified public accountant, has been appointed to the Elyria school board. Elek will fill the seat once held by Don Boddy. Elek was unanimously appointed by fellow board members Wednesday nigh after a nearly 40-minute executive session. Board President Kathryn Karpus said Elek is a respected member of the community Read More…

Community members express support for Tom Jama in Elyria superintendent search

ELYRIA — Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama may have been eliminated as a candidate for superintendent after one interview, but community members are rallying behind the educator, calling on Elyria board members to reconsider their decision. Wednesday’s board meeting brought three impassioned speeches by supporters of Jama who said they are worried the board Read More…

Sherrod Brown sponsoring legislation to adjust grants, standardized exams

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown

A bill supported by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to reduce testing in the country’s schools is not picking up traction among legislators, but that has not stopped Brown from fighting for education changes. It’s been a month since Brown, D-Cleveland, co-sponsored the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act. Since then, no hearings have Read More…

Elyria Schools to name new board member

The Elyria school board will select a new board member today. A regular board meeting is 5:30 p.m. in the board office of the Administration Building, 42101 Griswold Road. Board President Kathryn Karpus said the board will move into executive session toward the beginning of the meeting to discuss a replacement for longtime board member Read More…

2 eliminated Elyria superintendent candidates evaluated

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ELYRIA – When longtime Elyria school board member Don Boddy resigned, citing the superintendent selection process that ousted two local candidates before second-round interviews as his reasoning, much of the focus turned to those who remained in contention. At that point, they were John Stanford, deputy superintendent for Columbus Schools, Dennis Muratori, superintendent of Huron Read More…

Elyria superintendent finalists received positive reviews

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The two remaining candidates vying to succeed Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda have a lot of experience working in public districts. This is what each current employer has to say about the candidate’s performance based on the most-recent employment evaluations conducted by either the school board, which was the case for Huron Superintendent Dennis Muratori, Read More…

State board screened superintendent applicants according to criteria provided by Elyria

The original list of 35 people who applied to be the next Elyria superintendent included 11 educators who are superintendents in their respective school districts, but none in districts demographically comparable to Elyria Schools. Elyria board members put prior superintendent experience high on the list of job qualifications. But, of those superintendents who applied to Read More…

Bendix announces departure from Elyria

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ELYRIA — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is leaving Elyria. The company announced Tuesday that it plans to build a new headquarters within a 20-mile radius of its dated Cleveland Street facility. A decision on whether Bendix would stay has been anticipated for months since Mayor Holly Brinda said she was blindsided last fall with news Read More…