May 24, 2015

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Candidates recommended to replace Tucker as Lorain superintendent

LORAIN — Five applicants to replace retiring Lorain Superintendent Tom Tucker have been recommended by Educational Service Center of Lorain County, according to Greg Ring, center superintendent. Ring, whose organization is running the search for the Board of Education, said Wednesday that he made the recommendations to board President Tony Dimacchia last week. Ring said Read More…

‘Determined’ Hardenburg gets scholarship to LCCC

Harrison Hardenburg receives a scholarship from the Elyria Schools and Friends Alumni Association to attend Lorain County Community College during a ceremony Thursday at Elyria High School. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — An Elyria High School student was honored Thursday as the first student with a learning disability to receive a scholarship from the Elyria Schools and Friends Alumni Association. Harrison Hardenburg received a college scholarship for $1,000 to attend Lorain County Community College. He was one of more than 60 students honored during the Read More…

JVS teacher under investigation resigns

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PITTSFIELD TWP. — A Lorain County Joint Vocational School teacher resigned Thursday evening. Michael Kekic, a science teacher who has worked with the school less than a year, was barred from school grounds Feb. 4 while an investigation was conducted into his employment, according to a letter sent from JVS Deputy Superintendent Jerry Pavlik to Read More…

Elyria school board adds new member

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ELYRIA — An Elyria Rotary Club member and retired engineer from the Ridge Tool Co. was tapped Wednesday to be an Elyria school board member. Jim Backs, the father of two Elyria High School graduates and husband of a Prospect Elementary School teacher, was nominated by board member Annie Croft to fill the vacant seat Read More…

Head Start bridging coincides with 50th anniversary

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LORAIN — Head Start teacher Makiko Woods-Hill watched proudly as her daughter, Fujino Woods-Hill, and 2-year-old granddaughter, Gabrielle Gibson, walked across the Lorain Palace Theater stage Wednesday. The annual “bridging ceremony,” in which Head Start students move up a grade or graduate, was held at the Palace this year as part of national 50th anniversary Read More…

Elyria Schools budget on target for 5 years

ELYRIA — A promise by school officials not to seek new operating revenue from taxpayers until at least 2019 seems to be holding up, according to district Treasurer Katie Henes, who Wednesday delivered the district’s five-year forecast. Six months ago, when school officials were in the midst of teacher contract negotiations, they were adamant they Read More…

Elyria schools go #ALLIN too

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LeBron James’ tenure in Cleveland sparked more than a few iconic Nike ads. The “Together” one – a single word juxtaposed against a background of hundreds of fans who vowed from the tip-off to be “all in,” unveiled on his first game back in October – stood out among all of them. Well, the teachers, Read More…

Lorain schools’ finances improve; surpluses predicted next two years

LORAIN — On the brink of insolvency before passage of a levy in 2012, Lorain Schools’ financial forecast is substantially brighter. Treasurer Dale Weber in his semiannual five-year forecast at Monday’s Board of Education meeting predicted surpluses of $3.65 million and $2.13 million for the end of this fiscal year and next year, respectively. “The Read More…

Teacher at Avon school fired after putting child in locker

AVON — A Catholic school teacher has been fired after putting a student into a locker and shutting the door. According to a Catholic Diocese of Cleveland spokesperson, an unnamed eighth-grade teacher was fired from Holy Trinity School earlier this month. The school declined to discuss the incident, and the diocese declined to comment outside Read More…

1,405 receive degrees from Lorain County Community College

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ELYRIA — Erin O’Quinn stepped across the stage and threw out a sideways grin Saturday morning as she clutched her diploma. It was the grin of a woman who had just earned her third degree at Lorain County Community College and it was followed by a two-armed fist pump. “She’s a professional student,” her mother, Read More…