May 30, 2015

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Elyria school board adds new member

Jim Backs

ELYRIA — An Elyria Rotary Club member and retired engineer from the Ridge Tool Co. was tapped Wednesday to be an Elyria school board member. Jim Backs, the father of two Elyria High School graduates and husband of a Prospect Elementary School teacher, was nominated by board member Annie Croft to fill the vacant seat 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…

Finding a path to success: Discussions begin for My Brother’s Keeper

Frank Whitfield readily admits he doesn’t know what the My Brother’s Keeper initiative will look like for Elyria. “The biggest fear I had in bringing this to the forefront is there was no outcome in mind,” said the president and CEO of the Lorain County Urban League. “We cannot think out of this we will Read More…

Windsor students devote service project to Elyria police

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ELYRIA – A group of students with special needs recently made some very special gifts for the men and women of the Elyria Police Department. April’s service project for students with autism who attend Windsor Elementary School included a one-of-a-kind art piece honoring Sgt. James Kerstetter and snack bags to help officers make it through Read More…

School district literacy ratings are released

Last fall, the Ohio Department of Education postponed releasing a report letting parents know how well districts were doing to help struggling readers — those young students who were at-risk for falling further behind in their studies and possibly not becoming high school graduates. The explanation was more time was needed to tweak how the Read More…

Jama taking charge as Elyria superintendent Aug. 1

Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama will become superintendent in August. CHRONICLE FILE

ELYRIA — Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama will become Elyria Schools superintendent Aug. 1. He will enter into a three-year contract and receive an annual salary of $138,000. He currently earns $113,541 annually as a principal. Current Superintendent Paul Rigda, who will retire July 31, earns $127,592. The Board of Education approved a resolution Read More…

UPDATED: Jama chosen to lead Elyria Schools

Elyria Schools has a new superintendent: Elyria High School Principal Tom Jama. After a tumultuous two months rife with controversy over how the school board was deciding the district’s next leader and who that person would be, board members Wednesday evening quieted with the announcement of Jama’s appointment. Once a candidate for the position only 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…

Two write-in Elyria school board candidates shoo-ins this November

Evelyn France, left, and Annie Croft are shoo-ins to fill the vacancies on the Elyria school board -- as write-in candidates.

LORAIN — Two write-in candidates — a veteran to the Elyria school board and a newcomer with ties to both the Elyria chapter of the NAACP and Lorain County Auditor’s Office — are virtual shoo-ins for election in the upcoming general election. Longtime Elyria school board member Evelyn France is waging a write-in campaign after Read More…