March 28, 2015

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Elyria schools superintendent search challenged

ELYRIA — The sudden resignation of Elyria school board member Don Boddy has put the search for the next district superintendent under the microscope. Boddy, 67, said he left his elected position because he didn’t agree with the recruitment process, which eliminated internal candidates Tom Jama and Ann Schloss from further consideration. Boddy said not Read More…

Deadline tight to fill Elyria school board vacancy

There will be no time to seek applications from community members to fill the Elyria school board vacancy made by Don Boddy’s abrupt resignation. Board President Kathryn Karpus said the board is against the clock to fill the position. “With a resignation, we are sometimes given an effective date that is later in the future Read More…

Longtime Elyria school board member Don Boddy resigns

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ELYRIA — Longtime Elyria school board member Don Boddy resigned abruptly Wednesday and when reached later said the ongoing superintendent search played a role in the decision. The resignation announcement came in a short letter read during the regular board meeting by board President Kathryn Karpus. Boddy did not attend the meeting. The resignation comes Read More…

State of the City: Mayor Holly Brinda says Elyria can maintain momentum

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ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda delivered her fourth State of the City address Tuesday by dishing out a slew of statistics at a dizzying pace to highlight all the 2014 city operations in less than 60 minutes. It was a packed room at the Wesleyan Village, where the Elyria Rotary Club and Lorain County Chamber of Read More…

Districts make arrangements for students who opt out of state tests

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ELYRIA — Tuesday marked the first day of a long, stressful testing season for Ohio students as districts began to administer computer tests related to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career. With rapid changes and districts tackling the new PARCC assessments by staggering testing days among students and subjects, it will Read More…

Elyria police department fills top five earners in 2014

ELYRIA – In early 2014, police Chief Duane Whitely labeled the department’s overtime excessive high when most of the city’s top-paid employees for 2013 were police officers and some nearly doubled their annual salaries by working extra hours. He blamed it on staffing – too few officers and too much to do meant officers had Read More…

Lorain County parents revolt against new Ohio assessment test

The rising tide of parents refusing to allow school districts to give their children high-stakes tests is washing over Lorain County with dozens of parents saying no to state tests. Even more parents are exploring what it means to turn their backs on the new assessments the Ohio Department of Education will use to determine Read More…

Elyria Superintendent Paul Rigda said teachers best qualified to evaluate tests

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ELYRIA — When top teachers say the new high-stakes tests are developmentally inappropriate, Elyria Superintendent Paul Rigda said it’s hard not to listen. Especially this week, when one of Elyria’s standout educators, the nationally recognized Stacie Starr, has announced plans to resign from teaching, citing the bureaucracy of mandated testing as the driving factor. “When Read More…

UPDATED: Elyria School Board narrows superintendent search to 3 candidates

The next Elyria Superintendent will not be a homegrown insider. Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama and district Director of Academic Services Ann Schloss made it through the first round of interviews as a part of a seven-candidate field whittled down from 35 applicants. Neither has made it to the even shorter list of three Read More…

Elyria Art Depot closes shop

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ELYRIA — The one-year experiment known as the Elyria Art Depot has come to an end. The Lorain Arts Council expanded to a satellite gallery in the former Brandau Jewelers building at 336 Broad St., but the location has closed, said Antonio Barrios, president of the Lorain Arts Council. The space was home to 35 artists, Read More…