April 27, 2015

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UPDATED: Oberlin superintendent Schroth dies

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OBERLIN — Oberlin Schools Superintendent John Schroth died Thursday morning in his Oberlin home following a long battle with cancer, according to a statement released by Assistant Superintendent Jim Eibel. Schroth, 53, worked with Oberlin Schools since 2007 when he took the position of director of operations/assistant superintendent. He became superintendent in 2011 and during Read More…

Field forms to replace Tucker as Lorain school superintendent

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LORAIN — The first two candidates applying to succeed retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker are former Alliance and Brookfield Superintendent Stephen Stohla and Bruce Thomas, superintendent of the Albert Einstein Academy, a Westlake charter school. Tucker was chosen over Stohla in 2012. Stohla, who grew up in Lorain and was a 1966 Admiral King High School Read More…

Digging history: Students from Elyria, Lorain experience archaeological excavation

Students from the Early College program at Lorain County Community College dig out a section at the dig site on Johnson's Island the home of a former prison camp that held Confederate soldiers. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

MARBLEHEAD — Educators admit it’s tough to capture the attention of today’s technology-engaged youth, but the high school freshmen who spent the day Tuesday on Johnson’s Island really dug it. Ninth-graders from Elyria and Lorain enrolled in the Early College High School program at Lorain County Community College spent the day digging in the dirt Read More…

Ohio House panel approves bill revisiting student assessments

COLUMBUS — An Ohio House panel has approved a proposal that would require state education officials to overhaul Ohio’s academic standards in English language arts, math, science and social studies and the tests that go with them. The House Education Committee approved the bill Tuesday, sending it to the full House. The measure aims to Read More…

Criteria set for new Lorain leaders

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LORAIN — Wanted: Good communicator who can improve academics, increase enrollment and get levies passed in an impoverished school district in academic emergency. That’s the job description for the successor to Superintendent Tom Tucker, who retires in June. Board of Education members at their Monday meeting discussed qualifications with Gregory Ring, Educational Service Center of Read More…

11-member committee to lead Lorain superintendent search

LORAIN — An 11-member Citizen Screening Committee to help find a new superintendent was appointed by Board of Education members Monday. Tony Dimacchia, board president and committee chairman, said the committee will recommend five candidates from 10 chosen by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County. The center will also recommend five candidates, and Dimacchia Read More…

Stakes high for Keystone Schools levy

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LAGRANGE — The importance of the campaign to convince voters to provide the Keystone school district with its first boost in operating money in more than 20 years is evident in the fact that campaign is bigger than any before. The bulked-up effort includes 200 yard signs going up around the community, 10 bigger signs Read More…

Clearview opiate forum: ‘Nobody is safe from this drug’

Debbie Dosztal of Avon spoke Tuesday in a panel discussion at an Opiate Awareness Forum at Clearview High School in Sheffield Township. Pictured is Tiffany Dosztal, Dosztal’s daughter, who fatally overdosed on heroin at 26 in 2012. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — A 16-year-old Clearview High School student said she’s endured emotional and physical abuse because her father and mother are heroin addicts. A 22-year-old Westlake recovering addict said he robbed everyone he loved to get money for drugs. An Avon mother said she talks to her daughter, who fatally overdosed in 2012, in Read More…

North Ridgeville Planning Commission approves plans for new middle school, football stadium

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Plans for a $58.1 million middle school and football stadium to be built adjacent to North Ridgeville High School got the go-ahead Tuesday night from the city Planning Commission. The commission voted 5-0 to recommend the project to City Council, whose approval should be the final major hurdle to clear for the Read More…

Family of special-needs student seeks Amherst prom age limit exception

Amherst Schools and the mother of a special-needs high school student are working to reach a resolution to allow the teenage girl to attend Saturday’s prom — possibly with her father as the escort — while still keeping with the district’s policy to prohibit adult dates at the event. Clarita Whorton knows exactly what she Read More…