May 5, 2016

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Amherst State of the Schools: superintendent says co-curricular activities essential to success

AMHERST — On Monday night, Amherst students played the first note of a song that signifies the beginning of a musical journey that will last for years to come. This year, the district of roughly 4,000 students started its first orchestra program. Band is a staple co-curricular activity in the district, but orchestra was not Read More…

Lorain school board approves back pay for administrators

LORAIN— The school board voted to give 19 employees back pay for the 2015-16 school year Monday night based upon a new salary scale that was passed in April. Board member Bill Sturgill said in this new scale, some administrative staff members are eligible for an up to 2.5 percent increase. “What we discussed Monday Read More…

Migrant children kept out of school by districts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Candelario Jimon Alonzo came to the U.S. dreaming of becoming something more than what seemed possible along the rutted roads of his hometown in Guatemala’s highlands. This was his chance: He could earn a U.S. high school education and eventually become a teacher. Instead, the 16-year-old spends most days alone in the Read More…

Malia Obama to attend Harvard — after ‘gap year’

WASHINGTON — A year off between high school and college is becoming a popular choice for U.S. students and it has caught the eye of President Barack Obama’s daughter, Malia. The White House says the high school senior will enter Harvard in 2017, not later this year as had been widely expected. The elder of Read More…

New superintendent at Midview

GRAFTON — After sifting through a field of 26 applicants, the Midview school board selected Bruce Willingham as the district’s next superintendent at a meeting Sunday afternoon. Willingham is coming to Lorain County from the Maple Heights school district as its assistant superintendent, a role he said has prepared him for Midview. “I have a Read More…

Lorain County middle-schoolers help create positive project

Middle school can be a tough place, especially for kids who don’t fit in with their peers. Mental health professionals have said that social isolation is a risk factor that can lead to depression and, in the worst cases, self-harm and suicide. Area leaders looked for ways to reach out to that population, and a Read More…

BREAKING: Six southeast Ohio districts close after threats reported

ATHENS — The Latest on a video threat connected to Ohio University (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Police say an anonymous video threatening the safety of “American students” was posted to a location-based social media app group connected to Ohio University, prompting heightened security on the southeast Ohio campus and closing six area school districts Friday. Read More…

Midview interviews 3 finalists for superintendent job

GRAFTON — The trio of educators who have been narrowed from a field of 13 initial applicants to become the next superintendent of Midview Schools was introduced to approximately 75 parents, staff, and others during a 2½-hour meet-and-greet session at Midview Middle School. All three candidates are experienced educators in other Ohio school districts, two Read More…

Student majority sends anti-drug message at Elyria High

ELYRIA — Heroin took a back seat Thursday morning at an anti-drug rally at Elyria High School attended by hundreds of students. Opioids may be dominating conversations in Lorain County for their destructive powers affecting families and communities, but as area students crowded into the Elyria High gymnasium, the message conveyed was not one of Read More…

Culture of corruption: Principals charged with kickbacks as Detroit schools faced financial woes

DETROIT — A dozen Detroit principals and an administrator are accused of finding a way to bleed their struggling public schools of $900,000 — ordering chairs, writing paper and other supplies that in most cases were never delivered, even as investigators doggedly battled fraud in a district that lacks textbooks and even toilet paper. Federal Read More…