June 3, 2015

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Elyria, Lorain educators and leaders study methods to improve

STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE 
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…

Elyria school board to interview six for vacancy

ELYRIA — School board members will conduct interviews Saturday for its newest member in a series of closed-door meetings. The meetings will allow current board members the opportunity to ask questions of the six Elyria residents that want to join the board. They are Kevin Brubaker, John Gooch, Rae Lynn Brady, James Backs, Merry Brown and Read More…

Wellington school board rescinds budget cuts after public outcry

WELLINGTON — The power of the public has saved Wellington Schools’ full-day kindergarten program and a speech pathologist for at least another year. On Tuesday, following community outrage over $2.4 million of proposed budget cuts to the school district and teachers’ salaries, the Board of Education decided to retain full-day kindergarten and keep Joanna Hornbeck Read More…

11-member committee to lead Lorain superintendent search

LORAIN — An 11-member Citizen Screening Committee to help find a new superintendent was appointed by Board of Education members Monday. Tony Dimacchia, board president and committee chairman, said the committee will recommend five candidates from 10 chosen by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County. The center will also recommend five candidates, and Dimacchia Read More…

Firelands superintendent search could be done by May

HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands Schools may see a new superintendent as early as mid-May. The school district partnered with the Educational Service Center of Lorain County to find a replacement for Superintendent Bob Hill, who accepted a job at Springfield Schools to be closer to his family. A decision on Hill’s replacement could be made Read More…

Sheffield school board cuts staff, hours to close budget gap

SHEFFIELD — The Board of Education approved Monday two resolutions abolishing 10 teaching positions and reducing the hours of 17 support staffers, including multiple educational aides. The positions are the first board approvals of a series of reductions, first announced in January, which aims to save Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools $1.7 million in an effort to Read More…

Wellington floats idea of eighth graders at high school

WELLINGTON — Groups of parents and teachers gathered at a Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, largely concerned about the possibility of changes at Wellington Schools as the district continues to make cutbacks. Last month, interim Superintendent Stanley Mounts unveiled a detailed proposal to cut $2.4 million from the budget in order to bring the Read More…

Elyria board members explain questionnaire’s use

Board President Kathryn Karpus and board member Evelyn France speak to a group gathered at the school board meeting about their search for a new superintendent. KRISTIN BAUER/ CHRONICLE

Elyria school board members were not on the same page as to how they would fill the board vacancy created by Don Boddy’s resignation. The method used — including a questionnaire given out at random — to unanimously pick local businessman Greg Elek came under fire when Elyria residents came forward to say they also Read More…

Elyria president used county email for board member search

Kathryn Karpus

Lisa Roberson and Brad Dicken ELYRIA — Each Elyria school board member has a district email to use for communications about school matters, but on Feb. 25, school board President Kathryn Karpus used the email account assigned to her as an employee of the Lorain County Auditor’s Office. The emails involved finding a replacement for Read More…