September 3, 2015

Elyria
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Fate of new Firelands school in voters’ hands

HENRIETTA TWP. — A bond issue on the November ballot is all that stands between Firelands Schools and a new middle and high school that could possibly open in four years. Teachers, community members and members of the Firelands Schools Administration convened Wednesday night at Firelands High School to discuss the tentative plan for a Read More…

Elyria school board decries ‘Youngstown plan’ as loss of local control

ELYRIA — A state law affecting Youngstown City Schools is being denounced as draconian by the Elyria school board, which deems the legislation far-reaching into matters that should remain under local control. Under the new law, dubbed the “Youngstown Plan,” the school district soon will see a new academic distress commission that will appoint a Read More…

Fresh start for Elyria Schools

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ELYRIA — First, the Elyria High School cheerleaders ran through the room, then mascot Petey Pioneer stormed the school’s Performing Arts Center. Lastly, the game-day football banner was unrolled on stage followed by new Elyria Schools Superintendent Tom Jama, who was flanked by dozens of new employees. Tuesday marked the first day of school for Read More…

Back to school

Elyria students are not the only ones returning to school today. This week marks the first day of classes for several Lorain County districts, including: Amherst — today Avon — Thursday Avon Lake — today Clearview — Started Tuesday Keystone — Started Monday Lorain — today North Ridgeville — Thursday Other districts start later this Read More…

Keystone gets early start to school year

LAGRANGE — Superintendent Franco Gallo was going over pickup and drop-off procedures for buses shuttling students to and from the district’s new $16 million elementary school on the first day of classes Monday. All classes in the 1,700-pupil district were back in session as Keystone Schools got the jump on other Lorain County school systems Read More…

Meeting sheds light on Avon Schools’ drug-testing policy

AVON — Parents raised questions about Avon Schools’ new random drug-testing policy during an informational meeting Sunday afternoon. Starting this school year, any seventh- to 12th-grader who holds a parking pass or is enrolled in at least one extracurricular activity can be randomly selected for a drug test. “We’re not trying to see how many Read More…

Murray Ridge teacher scores with music book

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ELYRIA — At 19, Nevan Eilbeck was a solo trumpet player in the prestigious West Point Band playing alongside career musicians in their 60s. By 31, Eilbeck was working at the now closed Arrow Aluminum factory in Avon Lake and teaching trumpet lessons on the side to support his four children. “I was pretty much Read More…

Keystone Elementary School makes its debut

LAGRANGE — The final piece of the Keystone Schools puzzle is in place, and the finished product was revealed to the public Saturday. The 86,000-square-foot Keystone Elementary School has security systems, wireless Internet, efficient heating and cooling systems, 25 classrooms, a media center, gymnasium and arts and music rooms. It is worlds away from the Read More…

Hoping for a super start

Six Lorain County school districts will welcome new leadership this year. The superintendents are starting at a time when parents are becoming diligent watchdogs of public education, quick to bring into conversation high-stakes testing and Common Core standards. School finances, operating levies and bond issues have become topics whenever parents gather, and superintendents are becoming Read More…

Chamber of Commerce luncheon welcomes new county teachers

ELYRIA — Veteran teachers are leaving education now more than ever and often cite Common Core standards and high-stakes testing as the reason for such departures, but first-year teachers say they are ready to accept the demands of the ever-changing profession. “I want to inspire children,” said 24-year-old Jeremy Johnson, a first-year special education teacher Read More…