November 28, 2015


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 school board member Jim Smith, left, is suing the board's attorney, Anthony Giardini, right.

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

Mickey Becerra

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

Jim Smith

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

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…