August 29, 2015

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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…

Elyria Police staffing shortages mean no high school resource officer

Staffing shortages in the Elyria Police Department will result in Elyria High School no longer having a dedicated school resource officer. Until this year, an officer worked the school beat as a primary responsibility, but with fewer officers on the police roster a decision has been made to make the job a part-time position for 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…

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…

Sales tax holiday this weekend

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What will I save? If there will be any takeaway from the state’s upcoming sales tax holiday, it will the savings — albeit small in some cases — that parents and back-to-school shoppers expect to receive as they head out Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Lorain County’s sales tax rate is 6.5 percent. Cuyahoga County’s is Read More…

Police: Help us ID this break-in suspect

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Elyria police are turning to the public to help identify a man who broke into Eastern Heights Middle School last month and slipped away before he could be arrested. A security camera at the school, located at 528 Garford Ave., caught the unidentified man in the act. On June 25, the man broke a window Read More…

Elyria Schools treasurer leaving for Avon post

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ELYRIA — The Elyria school district is on the hunt for a new treasurer. Katie Henes, who has been with the district since 2004, resigned Tuesday, said Amy Higgins, Elyria Schools spokeswoman. The resignation is effective July 31. Henes is leaving Elyria to serve as treasurer of Avon Schools. In that role, Henes will oversee Read More…

Schools starting earlier; are state tests to blame?

The days of lounging until Labor Day are a thing of the past, but this year a return to school is coming even sooner in many Lorain County districts, and some say the demands of state-mandated testing are to blame. The week of Aug. 17 is popular as a starting point for most districts with Read More…