February 27, 2015

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Elyria superintendent finalists received positive reviews


The two remaining candidates vying to succeed Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda have a lot of experience working in public districts. This is what each current employer has to say about the candidate’s performance based on the most-recent employment evaluations conducted by either the school board, which was the case for Huron Superintendent Dennis Muratori, Read More…

Elyria mayor’s challenger Bill Grace fires barbs in wake of Bendix news


ELYRIA — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems’ announcement that it will leave Elyria will undoubtedly be seized upon by her opponents as a blemish to Mayor Holly Brinda’s administration as she seeks a second term. Brinda said she did everything she could to keep Bendix in Elyria. Bendix, one of Elyria’s top employers with more than Read More…

Elyria superintendent finalist has checkered past

John Stanford

John Stanford’s tenure as a deputy superintendent with Columbus Schools has been marked with controversy, including criticism from school board members after the disappointing rollout of a new bus system that almost left students without transportation before the start of the 2013-14 school year and the fallout of working in a district under scrutiny for Read More…

2 candidates remain for Elyria superintendent


ELYRIA — Less than 24 hours ago, the Elyria school board met in executive session to pepper three people unknown to the community with questions to help them decide which one will lead the Elyria Schools. They met with Karen Green, assistant superintendent of Youngstown Schools; Dennis Muratori, superintendent of Huron Schools; and John Stanford, Read More…

Deadline tight to fill Elyria school board vacancy

There will be no time to seek applications from community members to fill the Elyria school board vacancy made by Don Boddy’s abrupt resignation. Board President Kathryn Karpus said the board is against the clock to fill the position. “With a resignation, we are sometimes given an effective date that is later in the future Read More…

Longtime Elyria school board member Don Boddy resigns

Don Boddy

ELYRIA — Longtime Elyria school board member Don Boddy resigned abruptly Wednesday and when reached later said the ongoing superintendent search played a role in the decision. The resignation announcement came in a short letter read during the regular board meeting by board President Kathryn Karpus. Boddy did not attend the meeting. The resignation comes Read More…

State of the City: Mayor Holly Brinda says Elyria can maintain momentum


ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda delivered her fourth State of the City address Tuesday by dishing out a slew of statistics at a dizzying pace to highlight all the 2014 city operations in less than 60 minutes. It was a packed room at the Wesleyan Village, where the Elyria Rotary Club and Lorain County Chamber of Read More…

Elyria Superintendent Paul Rigda said teachers best qualified to evaluate tests

Paul Rigda

ELYRIA — When top teachers say the new high-stakes tests are developmentally inappropriate, Elyria Superintendent Paul Rigda said it’s hard not to listen. Especially this week, when one of Elyria’s standout educators, the nationally recognized Stacie Starr, has announced plans to resign from teaching, citing the bureaucracy of mandated testing as the driving factor. “When Read More…

Elyria West graduate receives fifth gospel Grammy

Elyria West High School graduate Aaron Lindsey collected his fifth Grammy on Sunday night in Los Angeles. PHOTO PROVIDED

ELYRIA — Some could say it’s getting to be old hat for Elyria West High School graduate Aaron Lindsey who collected his fifth Grammy on Sunday night in Los Angeles. But don’t say that to his mother. “I’m very proud of him,” Diana Lindsey said Monday. “He’s worked very hard with so many artists across Read More…

Elyria High’s Stacie Starr announces resignation

Stacie Starr

ELYRIA — Stacie Starr says mandated state testing is pushing her away from teaching. The veteran Elyria Schools educator said Monday she plans to resign at the end of the school year. Gasps of disbelief followed the announcement made during an education forum aimed at unraveling for parents the intricacies of the standardized testing system. Read More…