May 29, 2015

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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…

Elyria, Lorain educators and leaders study methods to improve

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Jeanine Donaldson, left,  executive director of Elyria YWCA; Erica Lasion, of Elyria Catholic Charities; Jason Williams, founder of Get With the Program; and Tony Richardson, of Nord Family Foundation,  listen as John Zitzner, president of Friends of Breakthrough Schools, describe a student workbook, at E Prep Cliffs Campus in Cleveland on May 9.

It was an eclectic mix of people who boarded a passenger van on a recent Friday morning at the Elyria YWCA. The community members, educators and leaders all headed to the east side of Cleveland with one goal in mind: to see what successes can be gleaned from other schools educating children of color that Read More…

School leaders hold summit

ELYRIA — The 16 superintendents of the Lorain County public education system convened Thursday with local business leaders to discuss three topics affecting education so much that a countywide summit was seen as the only way to tackle them. Issues of local control, testing and charter schools rise to the top for the county’s school Read More…

Oberlin College declines to seek conservatory accreditation

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OBERLIN — The Oberlin College Music Conservatory has chosen not to continue seeking accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music next year for the first time in almost a century. In a statement released Wednesday, Conservatory Dean Andrea Kalyn cited differing values between the conservatory and NASM as a reason for the conservatory’s Read More…

Avon Lake High School lauded by U.S. News & World Report

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake High School was once again listed on the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Ranking and received a gold medal. According to U.S. News & World Report gold and silver awards reflect which schools are most successfully preparing students for college, based on students participating in and achieving Read More…