November 26, 2014

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Elyria teachers, district far apart in contract negotiations

ELYRIA — Elyria teachers want to thaw the step increases they agreed to freeze in 2011. Elyria Schools does not, thus creating one of the larger sticking points in negotiations between the teachers’ union and school board. The sides do not agree on base pay increases, either. Copies of the most recent proposals from both Read More…

300 support Elyria teachers at school board meeting

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ELYRIA — The Elyria Education Association, which represents 464 teachers in the district, took an unprecedented step Wednesday by calling on the community to contact Superintendent Paul Rigda and school board members and urge them to give teachers a fair contract. “The community needs to be fully aware that teachers have been working without a Read More…

UPDATED Forecast: Elyria School District not flush with cash

Katie Henes, district treasurer, and Ernie Strawser, consultant, address the Elyria School Board with a powerpoint depicting facts and figures about the school system in comparison to other local school systems. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The next five years for Elyria Schools in dollars and cents looks good, but the qualifiers for that statement are broad, said Ernie Strawser, the district’s financial consultant. Returning six months after telling board members that the Elyria district could stay away from deficit spending until at least 2017 or 2018, Strawser tweaked Read More…

Few attend forum seeking input on new Elyria superintendent

ELYRIA — Rain and cold likely played a part in the lack of attendance to a community forum Tuesday in an effort to seek input on the next Elyria Schools superintendent. Paul Rigda, who has held the post for nearly 10 years, will retire in 2015. That is an unusually long tenure for a public Read More…

University Hospitals to build new facility in Avon

AVON — University Hospitals, in partnership with Franklin, Tenn.-based Centerre Healthcare Corp., will construct a 55,000-square-foot rehabilitation facility on Chester Road between state Routes 83 and 611. The Cleveland-based hospital system, which integrated with Elyria’s flagship health system at the beginning of the year, announced the joint venture Tuesday. The 50-bed facility, scheduled to be Read More…

Elyria opposes liquor sales at former Shopway

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ELYRIA — The business at 175 Lake Ave. is being run by a new owner with a new business, but the old Shopway Food Mart’s reputation can’t be forgotten. Elyria City Council doesn’t want any business at that location to have a liquor permit and has asked Law Director Scott Serazin to file a formal Read More…

Safety first as future plans discussed for Cascade Park

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ELYRIA — The year 2015 for Cascade Park will be one of rebranding and reclaiming, said officials with the Lorain County Metro Parks. In a little more than two months the parks district will take over day-to-day operations of the historic park in the city’s center, but officials are not waiting until Jan. 1 to Read More…

Second Harvest spearheads partnership with Lorain Schools to feed kindergartners, first-graders on weekends

LORAIN — Every kindergarten and first-grade student in Lorain now has a little something extra to carry home each Friday to ensure they are nourished through the weekend. Beginning this fall, all students in the younger grades in every Lorain public school began receiving backpacks with single-serving food items that need minimal preparation but will Read More…

Lorain homeless shelter crowded, short of funds

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LORAIN — One bed. In a facility that has room for 68 men, women and children seeking a roof over their heads, the Neighborhood Alliance’s Haven Center, the county’s only full-service homeless shelter, has room for just one more person. That realization sinks in for Sandy Humphrey every time she answers the shelter’s telephone, which Read More…

State health officials: Ohio ready for ‘unlikely’ Ebola outbreak

People with flu-like symptoms have begun visiting Ohio emergency rooms amid concerns that their illness could be the deadly Ebola virus. State health officials said the likelihood of a case in Ohio is extremely low. Tuesday afternoon, a representative from every major health association in the state teamed up for a telephone news conference to Read More…