September 4, 2015

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Lorain School Board votes to fire educator

LORAIN — Aliceson Humphries, Lorain Digital Academy director, was fired Wednesday, according to her attorney. Attorney Avery Friedman said Thursday that Humphries had been on paid suspension since May or June, but received a termination notice and is no longer being paid. However, Board of Education President Tony Dimacchia said a final decision hasn’t been Read More…

Elyria school board decries ‘Youngstown plan’ as loss of local control

ELYRIA — A state law affecting Youngstown City Schools is being denounced as draconian by the Elyria school board, which deems the legislation far-reaching into matters that should remain under local control. Under the new law, dubbed the “Youngstown Plan,” the school district soon will see a new academic distress commission that will appoint a 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…

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…

Chamber of Commerce luncheon welcomes new county teachers

ELYRIA — Veteran teachers are leaving education now more than ever and often cite Common Core standards and high-stakes testing as the reason for such departures, but first-year teachers say they are ready to accept the demands of the ever-changing profession. “I want to inspire children,” said 24-year-old Jeremy Johnson, a first-year special education teacher Read More…

Fired Lorain school custodians rehired

LORAIN — Two Lorain High School custodians who said they were unjustly fired after one complained of racial harassment were reinstated Thursday by Board of Education members. Bill Kopp, formerly the lead custodian at the high school, was accused of stealing 6½ hours of overtime during snow plowing in March and was fired in April. 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…

Lorain school board hears ex-custodians’ grievances

Kopp-SLIDE

LORAIN — Two fired Lorain High School custodians, who say they were falsely accused of stealing overtime in a racially motivated case, met behind closed doors with Board of Education members Wednesday. The union grievance hearings for Jose Colon Jr. and Bill Kopp took 3½ hours. Kopp was head custodian at the high school before Read More…

Lorain schools seek dismissal of Admiral King lawsuit over gas leak

LORAIN — The school district is asking that a lawsuit against it by an environmental contractor over the Admiral King Elementary School gas leak be dismissed. Anthony Giardini, Board of Education attorney, said Tuesday that a motion to dismiss was filed about three weeks ago in response to the May 7 suit filed in Portage 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…