May 1, 2016

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Lorain school board rejects ODE’s recommendations about fired administrator

LORAIN — The Lorain school board rejected the Ohio Department of Education’s report and recommendation on the status of a fired administrator at a special meeting Thursday night. In a report, which took about a half-hour to be read, the board said former executive director of the Digital Academy Aliceson Humphries “initiated and provoked contact Read More…

Distress committee member previews group’s February visit to Lorain

LORAIN — A state employee of Ohio’s Academic Distress Commission explained the commission’s impending visit to the Lorain Schools and what that means for the district at a school board meeting Monday night. Clairie Huff-Franklin said the visit is part of an annual review the district receives due to its status on the distress list. Read More…

Giardini demands emails from Smith over Admiral King gas leak

LORAIN — Board of Education attorney Anthony Giardini continues to demand that board member Jim Smith turn over emails concerning last year’s Admiral King Elementary School gas leak. Giardini, in a Monday news release, said his questioning about whether Smith provided confidential information to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission is what led to Thursday’s defamation Read More…

Defamation lawsuit filed against district’s attorney by Lorain school board member

LORAIN — Board of Education attorney Anthony Giardini is being sued by board member Jim Smith. The lawsuit was filed by attorney Joe Gargasz on Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court. Smith, who has feuded with Giardini for years, accused Giardini of defamation. The suit said Giardini made a “false and defamatory” statement about Read More…

Lorain schools to see increase in state funds; new assistant superintendent hired

LORAIN — Unofficial numbers from the Ohio School Board Association show Lorain Schools receiving about $80.2 million in state taxpayer money for the 2015-16 school year, according to Board of Education member Jim Smith, who announced the numbers at Monday’s board meeting. Lorain received $75.9 million in 2014-15. Smith said Lorain will receive about $85.1 Read More…

Lorain Schools feud flares anew between board member, attorney

LORAIN — In the latest salvo in a long-running feud between the two men, Board of Education attorney Anthony Giardini is questioning whether board member Jim Smith undermined the board regarding a lawsuit over last year’s Admiral King Elementary School gas leak. Giardini didn’t return calls Wednesday, but in an email to Smith, Giardini asked Read More…

Lorain school board member: Meetings violate Sunshine laws

LORAIN — Board of Education members are being asked to craft a contract offer for Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham to succeed retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker in violation of Ohio Sunshine laws, board member Jim Smith said Tuesday. Smith said Treasurer Dale Weber has been trying to arrange meetings with two board members at a time Read More…

Avon mayor endorses candidate Bryan Jensen

AVON — Mayor Jim Smith said candidate Bryan Jensen is the best choice for mayor, announcing his endorsement Thursday afternoon. Smith said Jensen is the best candidate for the job because of his ties to the city, civic involvement and his work as councilman. “Bryan has been community-involved for many years, not just now at Read More…