February 14, 2016

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Everything must go: Keystone holding auction before demolishing school

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LAGRANGE — Alumni looking to cherish a piece of the past can pick something up in an online auction selling off most of the furnishings from the old elementary school on Liberty Street. Keystone School officials want to sell as much of the school’s old chairs, desks, bookshelves, eraser boards, filing cabinets and other furnishings Read More…

Area school districts question state ratings

Districts across Ohio are contesting grades and scores released Thursday by the Ohio Department of Education in the areas of K-3 literacy, graduation rate and Prepared for Success, the measurement that looks at college- and career-readiness among students. Thursday’s release allowed parents to see their high schools’ four- and five-year graduation rates, elementary schools’ performance Read More…

Former Keystone football team trainer faces sex charge

Mark Febel

LAGRANGE — A personal trainer who worked briefly with the Keystone High School football team was arrested and charged with sexual battery Monday. LaGrange Police Chief Chad Duensing said Mark Febel, 43, had been a suspect since Dec. 12, when he was spotted in a suspicious vehicle in a local church parking lot. “He was Read More…

Keystone joins list of schools seeking reimbursement from state over charters

LAGRANGE — The Keystone school district has joined the growing list of area school systems demanding that the state reimburse money it estimates it has lost to charter schools. The Keystone school board unanimously approved a resolution at its meeting Monday night asking for more than $3 million back from the Ohio Department of Education. Read More…

Local school leaders warn about blanket rules from state on pay-to-play

Michael Cook

In many districts across Lorain County, the cost for student-athletes to enjoy the rush of snapping a football or dunking a basketball amounts to hundreds of dollars parents must pay for their students to participate. In anticipation of a public discussion about co-curricular school activities led by a state legislator, local district superintendents are touting Read More…

Village, district reach agreement for sale of former Keystone Elementary

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LAGRANGE — The community’s original elementary school, portions of which are more than 100 years old, will continue to serve the community and Keystone Schools under terms of an initial agreement reached between the district and village officials. The Keystone Board of Education voted Monday night, 3-0, to approve the sale of the building, 301 Read More…

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…