November 23, 2014

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Elyria Schools superintendent deadline pushed back

ELYRIA — The timetable to find a replacement for retiring Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda has been extended so district officials can focus on reaching an agreement with the teachers union. The Ohio School Boards Association has reposted on its website an advertisement for the position and will take applications until Jan. 16, said Steven Read More…

Elyria High’s Stacie Starr to get VIP treatment from Cavs

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ELYRIA — Lauded Elyria High School teacher Stacie Starr already has won a trip to New York City, appeared on a national television show, was given a brand new car and an eight-day Bahaman vacation, collected accolades nationally and locally and even helped the district score what became a portion of the cost for a Read More…

House of longtime Elyria Schools board member burns

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ELYRIA — A longtime Elyria Schools board member lost her home of more than 60 years Saturday when the Lowell Street residence caught fire. It was a bit after noon when Evelyn France said she was called about a fire at her family home. She was out for the day and returned to see fire Read More…

Elyria tax take forecast in 2015 to be at recession levels

ELYRIA — If not for the calendar saying 2015, next year will feel very much like the recessionary year of 2010 from a financial standpoint, said city Finance Director Ted Pileski. On Friday, Pileski said income tax revenues in the city are down 4.8 percent through October — a drop of $891,000 compared with last Read More…

Elyria tax measure widely trounced

ELYRIA — Issue 14 was a citywide loss Tuesday. The attempt at a 0.25 percent increase in the income tax rate failed in every ward in the city and only saw small successes in a few precincts throughout the city. A little more than 11,500 voters turned out to decide the safety forces issue. A Read More…

Elyria school board attorneys file unfair labor practice charges against union

ELYRIA — Lawyers for the Elyria school board have levied unfair labor practice charges against the Elyria Education Association, Elyria teacher Amy Chizmar and Lorain teacher Sandra Peloquin, calling their actions at a recent school board meeting bad-faith bargaining. The meeting was held last month on the same night a consultant delivered the district’s five-year Read More…

Former Elyria Mayor Bill Grace ends support for Issue 14

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ELYRIA — Former Mayor Bill Grace fought hard during his tenure to raise the city’s income tax rate, to no avail. Now, he is the second once-elected official to oppose Issue 14, the 0.25 percent temporary tax framed by Mayor Holly Brinda to bolster the budgets of the police and fire departments. With less than Read More…

Elyria teachers, district far apart in contract negotiations

ELYRIA — Elyria teachers want to thaw the step increases they agreed to freeze in 2011. Elyria Schools does not, thus creating one of the larger sticking points in negotiations between the teachers’ union and school board. The sides do not agree on base pay increases, either. Copies of the most recent proposals from both Read More…

300 support Elyria teachers at school board meeting

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ELYRIA — The Elyria Education Association, which represents 464 teachers in the district, took an unprecedented step Wednesday by calling on the community to contact Superintendent Paul Rigda and school board members and urge them to give teachers a fair contract. “The community needs to be fully aware that teachers have been working without a Read More…

UPDATED Forecast: Elyria School District not flush with cash

Katie Henes, district treasurer, and Ernie Strawser, consultant, address the Elyria School Board with a powerpoint depicting facts and figures about the school system in comparison to other local school systems. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The next five years for Elyria Schools in dollars and cents looks good, but the qualifiers for that statement are broad, said Ernie Strawser, the district’s financial consultant. Returning six months after telling board members that the Elyria district could stay away from deficit spending until at least 2017 or 2018, Strawser tweaked Read More…