August 2, 2015

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Firelands district voters to see bond issue in November

SOUTH AMHERST — Now it’s up to the voters. Firelands Board of Education members approved placing a $26.6 million bond issue on the November ballot for a $32.8 million new middle and high school. State taxpayers would pay about $6.2 million of the cost. If approved, the 5.7 mill, 36-year bond issue would cost the Read More…

Defamation lawsuit filed against district’s attorney by Lorain school board member

Lorain school board member Jim Smith, left, is suing the board's attorney, Anthony Giardini, right.

LORAIN — Board of Education attorney Anthony Giardini is being sued by board member Jim Smith. The lawsuit was filed by attorney Joe Gargasz on Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court. Smith, who has feuded with Giardini for years, accused Giardini of defamation. The suit said Giardini made a “false and defamatory” statement about Read More…

Powell explains ‘double-dipping’ as North Ridgeville superintendent

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Jim Powell is savoring one more week of retirement before he goes back to work. The veteran North Ridgeville educator and superintendent of the district for the past two years has stepped away from his post for a month before he returns to work under a new two-year contract that begins Aug. Read More…

Amherst Schools transitioning to all-day, no-tuition kindergarten

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AMHERST — For the first time, parents with kindergartners attending Amherst Schools can sign their children up for full-day classes without having to pay tuition. Throughout its history, the district has had half-day kindergarten. Two years ago, it offered a full-day option, but parents had to pay $2,400 tuition. Superintendent Steve Sayers said about 50 Read More…

Oberlin superintendent: School closure on table if Nov. issue fails

OBERLIN — Oberlin Schools could be faced with closing a school and consolidating to save money if the bond issue planned for the November ballot does not pass. Incoming Superintendent David Hall said the main goal remains passing the 4.75-mill bond issue that would raise $16.75 million over the course of 37 years. The funding Read More…

New bills in Congress would result in rewrite of No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON — No one thinks it’ll be easy, but the House and Senate are embarking on negotiations to merge two differing education bills that would rewrite the nation’s much-criticized No Child Left Behind education law. On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly approved its version of the education legislation, a week after the House passed a more Read More…

Groundbreaking date set for new North Ridgeville school/stadium complex

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — North Ridgeville school district officials were hoping to start moving dirt for the new $58.1 million middle school and stadium complex at the start of July. But that date came and went due to delays in selecting a new company to serve as construction manager for the project and providing enough time Read More…

Vermilion district to establish special-needs charter school

VERMILION — Vermilion Schools will sponsor a special-needs charter school to open for the 2016-17 school year in hopes of luring back students who are being served in other districts. The school board and district will sponsor the school that will operate in conjunction with Vermilion Schools, but with a separate identifying number for state Read More…

Lorain school board hears ex-custodians’ grievances

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LORAIN — Two fired Lorain High School custodians, who say they were falsely accused of stealing overtime in a racially motivated case, met behind closed doors with Board of Education members Wednesday. The union grievance hearings for Jose Colon Jr. and Bill Kopp took 3½ hours. Kopp was head custodian at the high school before Read More…

Lorain schools seek dismissal of Admiral King lawsuit over gas leak

LORAIN — The school district is asking that a lawsuit against it by an environmental contractor over the Admiral King Elementary School gas leak be dismissed. Anthony Giardini, Board of Education attorney, said Tuesday that a motion to dismiss was filed about three weeks ago in response to the May 7 suit filed in Portage Read More…