April 25, 2015

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Pot legalization could be windfall for Ohio, Lorain County

ELYRIA — ResponsibleOhio released figures Tuesday estimating that its proposal legalizing marijuana in Ohio would generate $554 million in annual tax revenue by 2020. In Lorain County alone, special marijuana taxes would generate almost $4.1 million for county government annually and more than $7.5 million that would be split among the county’s cities, villages and Read More…

Elyria school board blasted for lack of transparency

ELYRIA — The Elyria school board is being called out for its lack of transparency by those who said they inquired about the vacant board seat but heard nothing until school board members picked Don Boddy’s replacement in a closed-door meeting. In the two weeks between Boddy’s Feb. 18 resignation from the board and the Read More…

New member: Elyria school board should act openly

Greg Elek

ELYRIA — Greg Elek is joining the Elyria school board as it is in the middle of a contentious superintendent search. His Wednesday appointment came about when longtime board member Don Boddy quit because he didn’t agree with the search process. Elek, a certified public accountant, said Thursday he believes now is a crucial time Read More…

Elyria superintendent finalists received positive reviews

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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

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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

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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

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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…