July 28, 2015

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State to kick in for new Firelands school

HENRIETTA TWP — If voters approve a November bond issue for an approximately $32.8 million middle and high school, state taxpayers will pay 19 percent of the cost. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission on Thursday agreed to pay $6.2 million of the cost, according to a news release from state Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville. Read More…

Lorain schools end year with bigger surplus than expected

LORAIN — The school district ended the school year with a $5.85 million surplus, Lorain Schools Treasurer Dale Weber said Thursday. Weber last year predicted the district in a worst-case scenario — which would’ve included no increase in state funding — would finish the year with a $2.85 million deficit. Weber attributed the surplus — Read More…

Lorain Schools feud flares anew between board member, attorney

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LORAIN — In the latest salvo in a long-running feud between the two men, Board of Education attorney Anthony Giardini is questioning whether board member Jim Smith undermined the board regarding a lawsuit over last year’s Admiral King Elementary School gas leak. Giardini didn’t return calls Wednesday, but in an email to Smith, Giardini asked Read More…

Sheffield unveils Brookside Middle and High School complex

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SHEFFIELD — Hundreds of parents, students and community members turned out Wednesday to get their first look inside the new $30 million middle and high school complex on Harris Road. Following dual ribbon-cuttings in front of the separate entrances for middle and high schoolers, comments began flowing immediately as heads swiveled this way and that Read More…

Regents chancellor praises LCCC on visit

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State lawmakers crafted the most recent biennial budget with a slight increase for higher education –— a 4.7 percent jump the first year and 3.9 percent for the second year –— with an emphasis on initiatives that strengthen the relationship between colleges and universities and K-12 education, as well as with the business sector. John Read More…

Westside Christian Academy adding ninth, 10th grade classes this year

WESTLAKE — For the first time, Westside Christian Academy in Westlake will offer ninth- and 10th-grade classes this school year. The academy has served kindergarten through eighth-grade students since it opened in 1996. The initial push to expand to kindergarten through 12th grade began about seven years ago, a few years before Headmaster Jim Whiteman Read More…

David Hall named new Oberlin Schools superintendent

OBERLIN — David Hall, assistant superintendent of Lorain Schools who is serving as the district’s interim superintendent, was tapped as the new Oberlin Schools superintendent Wednesday night. The Board of Education made the unanimous decision Wednesday after an extensive search in the months after the death of John Schroth in April. With help from the Read More…

State budget increases education allocations

The new budget provides more than $10 billion annually for primary and secondary education. It increases per-pupil funding in the school funding formula from $5,800 in Fiscal Year 2015 to $5,900 in FY16 and $6,000 in FY17. The budget also increases funding for special education, K-3 literacy and career-technical education. A new component in the Read More…

State Legislature pulls plug on PARCC

Parents pulled their kids out of state testing in droves last year, and lawmakers Tuesday pulled state and federal funding for the heavily criticized PARCC tests with the passage of the new state biennial budget. Now, the edict to state education officials is to find reading and math assessments that are shorter and can be Read More…

School officials say new Lorain High project on track

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LORAIN — The $72 million new Lorain High School is on budget and on schedule to open in August 2016, Lorain Schools officials said during a Wednesday tour. Contractors face daily penalties of up to $1,000 if they miss deadlines, but Jeff Hawks, school district executive director of operations, said no deadlines have been missed. Read More…