September 5, 2015

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Lower bids allow increased space for proposed North Ridgeville Middle School

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — When school officials first received projected bid figures for the district’s new middle school, the price tag forced a scaling back of the project. They eliminated some 23,000 square feet from the $58.1 million school and stadium project. Now, thanks to bids coming in lower than expected for various aspects of the Read More…

Iowa passes on hiring Krislov

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OBERLIN — A lengthy application and interview process for a position as the next University of Iowa president ended Thursday with Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov flying home empty handed. Krislov was one of four finalists for the position at the University of Iowa but was beaten out Thursday by former Harvard Business School faculty Read More…

UNICEF: 40 percent dropout rate in Mideast conflict areas; could lead to further radicalization

AMMAN, Jordan — Forty percent of children from five conflict-scarred Middle Eastern countries are not attending school, the United Nations agency for children said Thursday, warning that losing this generation will lead to more militancy, migration and a dim future for the region. An estimated 13.7 million school age children from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya Read More…

Gas leak prompts brief evacuation of North Ridgeville High School

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A gas leak prompted the evacuation of North Ridgeville High School on Wednesday morning. An odor was detected about 10:30 a.m. in hallways near a school chemistry lab, according to William Greene, assistant superintendent. The Fire Department was notified, and firefighters responded within minutes, Greene said. Firefighters found a leaking gas line Read More…

Pastor wins bidding war for former Roosevelt School

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ELYRIA — Suspense ran high when faith and finances collided Wednesday afternoon during the public auction for Roosevelt Elementary School. Pastor Paul Grodell, clad in a black leather Harley-Davidson motorcycle vest with a pin that reads “These are my church clothes,” came ready to buy the school he has leased from Elyria Schools for more Read More…

Elyria Catholic administrator to see Pope’s address to Congress

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It started with a phone call Andrew Krakowiak will never forget and will end with a trip to the nation’s capital to be in the same room as Pope Francis delivers an address to a joint session of Congress. Krakowiak, the executive in residence at Elyria Catholic High School, will be the personal guest of Read More…

Oberlin College president in the running to lead University of Iowa

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The Iowa Board of Regents is looking for a new University of Iowa president and they’re turning their sights to Oberlin College’s own Marvin Krislov. On Wednesday morning, the Iowa Board of Regents announced that Krislov is one of four finalists, according to the University of Iowa website. Krislov is going to be visiting the Read More…

Oberlin school board to vote tonight to pull bond issue from ballot

OBERLIN — Oberlin Schools intends to pull its upcoming bond issue from the November ballot, said Superintendent David Hall. In an email sent Monday, Hall said the board made the decision after garnering input from the community and internally reflecting on how it thinks it is best to proceed. “This change in course is difficult,” Read More…

North Ridgeville breaks ground for new middle school

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — For Richie and Courtney Findlater, the city’s new $58.1 million middle school offers the promise of a state-of-the-art education facility for their daughter, Ella, 5. For Don Hackney, the single largest building construction project the community has seen in years comes a bit late for his high school-aged children. But he too Read More…

United Way campaign kicks off

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SHEFFIELD — This year’s annual United Way of Greater Lorain County campaign kickoff saw the announcement of the agency’s newest Community Collaborative that prepares Elyria youngsters for kindergarten. Known as Ready Set Go … to Kindergarten, the new effort will expand Elyria Schools’ efforts to provide children, especially preschoolers ages 3 and 4, with targeted Read More…