August 28, 2015

Elyria
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Back to school

Elyria students are not the only ones returning to school today. This week marks the first day of classes for several Lorain County districts, including: Amherst — today Avon — Thursday Avon Lake — today Clearview — Started Tuesday Keystone — Started Monday Lorain — today North Ridgeville — Thursday Other districts start later this Read More…

Keystone gets early start to school year

LAGRANGE — Superintendent Franco Gallo was going over pickup and drop-off procedures for buses shuttling students to and from the district’s new $16 million elementary school on the first day of classes Monday. All classes in the 1,700-pupil district were back in session as Keystone Schools got the jump on other Lorain County school systems Read More…

Keystone Elementary School makes its debut

LAGRANGE — The final piece of the Keystone Schools puzzle is in place, and the finished product was revealed to the public Saturday. The 86,000-square-foot Keystone Elementary School has security systems, wireless Internet, efficient heating and cooling systems, 25 classrooms, a media center, gymnasium and arts and music rooms. It is worlds away from the Read More…

Hoping for a super start

Six Lorain County school districts will welcome new leadership this year. The superintendents are starting at a time when parents are becoming diligent watchdogs of public education, quick to bring into conversation high-stakes testing and Common Core standards. School finances, operating levies and bond issues have become topics whenever parents gather, and superintendents are becoming Read More…

New Keystone Elementary School nearing completion

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LAGRANGE — The final piece in a 12-year plan to create a mega-campus for Keystone Schools is nearly complete. “We can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve got,” Superintendent Franco Gallo said Tuesday as he gave an informal tour of the district’s new $16 million elementary school, which is nearing completion. The school will serve Read More…

Gallo gets full-time post at Keystone district

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LAGRANGE — Franco Gallo is ready to keep his sleeves rolled up and working for the Keystone Schools but looking forward to doing it with a bit less stress. “I’m very interested in continuing the progress we have made so far,” Gallo said. “I’d like to finish what I started here.” Gallo, 35, is to Read More…

Successful levy means first new money in 21 years for Keystone schools

LAGRANGE — The elation in Keystone Schools interim Superintendent Franco Gallo’s voice was tangible. “You can’t believe how happy I am right now,” Gallo said Tuesday night as he reveled in the district’s first victory for a ballot issue seeking new money in 21 years. Following numerous rejections of requests for additional operating money dating Read More…

School district literacy ratings are released

Last fall, the Ohio Department of Education postponed releasing a report letting parents know how well districts were doing to help struggling readers — those young students who were at-risk for falling further behind in their studies and possibly not becoming high school graduates. The explanation was more time was needed to tweak how the Read More…

Full list of issues

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Issue No. Municipality, Issue type/millage, Purpose, Duration 1 Carlisle Township, Additional / .75 mill, Roads and Bridges, 4 years 2 Carlisle Township, Gas Aggregation, Gas Aggregation, N/A 3 Carlisle Township, Electric Aggregation, Electric Aggregation, N/A 4 Columbia Township, Renewal / 1.74 mills, Library Current Expenses, 5 years 5 Grafton Township, Gas Aggregation, Gas Aggregation, N/A Read More…

Keystone Schools: Additional levy

Keystone Elementary third-graders Alyssa Sugerik, 8, and Brenna Taylor, 8, write about their favorite school teachers during Family Day, hosted March 28 at Keystone Elementary School. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Issue 14 What it is: a 7.95-mill operating levy Duration: continuous How much would it raise: $1.9 million a year Purpose: to pay staff salaries and benefits Cost to homeowner: $278 annually for owners of homes with $100,000 valuation LAGRANGE — Keystone school officials know one of the biggest hurdles they have to overcome to Read More…