May 25, 2015

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Lorain schools’ finances improve; surpluses predicted next two years

LORAIN — On the brink of insolvency before passage of a levy in 2012, Lorain Schools’ financial forecast is substantially brighter. Treasurer Dale Weber in his semiannual five-year forecast at Monday’s Board of Education meeting predicted surpluses of $3.65 million and $2.13 million for the end of this fiscal year and next year, respectively. “The 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…

Six new candidates rise for Lorain superintendent job

LORAIN — Six more candidates, including Toni Morrison Elementary School Principal Megan Young, have applied to replace retiring Lorain Superintendent Tom Tucker. The candidates join Stephen Stohla, a former Alliance and Brookfield superintendent and finalist in 2012 when Tucker was hired, said Greg Ring, superintendent of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County that is Read More…

Lorain sets timeline to replace superintendent

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LORAIN — A replacement for Superintendent Tom Tucker could be hired by June 30 under a Board of Education timeline approved at Monday’s meeting. Board members approved beginning the replacement search, authorizing payment to the Educational Service Center of Lorain County for search assistance. The timeline calls for finalists to be chosen by June 1. Read More…

Lorain superintendent Tucker to retire

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LORAIN — Superintendent Tom Tucker, credited with helping improve academics and morale in Lorain Schools since his 2012 hiring, is retiring. Tucker, who had been contemplating retiring and then being rehired to avoid a reduction in state pension benefits, will retire outright at the end of the school year in June. The 59-year-old Tucker said Read More…

Lorain Schools likely to face fiscal emergency even if levy passes

LORAIN — The school district is expected to become insolvent and declare fiscal emergency this spring, triggering a state financial takeover even if a levy passes in November. “I won’t have the cash to finish out the year,” School Treasurer Dale Weber said after Thursday’s Board of Education meeting where board members closed out the Read More…

Lorain narrows superintendent list to 3

LORAIN — The three finalists to become the new Lorain Schools superintendent are expected to be announced today. The three were chosen Thursday by Superintendent Search Committee members from among seven semi-finalists. Each member of the 10-member committee chose three candidates and the three with the most points were selected, according to Mitchell Fallis, a Read More…

Lorain school district cuts 2 more employees

LORAIN — Seeking to dispel the perception of a bloated Lorain Schools administration as the district seeks support for a levy, interim Superintendent Ed Branham on Tuesday defended the number of layoffs at the Charleston Administration Center and announced two more. Branham was responding to May 24 criticism from teachers union president David Wood that Read More…

Branham to serve as Lorain Schools’ interim leader

LORAIN — Nine years after serving as Lorain Schools interim superintendent, John Branham has retaken the job after being appointed today at the special Board of Education meeting. Branham, who left his job as Ashland University director of graduate studies, also previously served as director of staff and community relations for the Lorain school district Read More…

Lorain Schools expects interim soon, acceptance of Atkinson’s resignation delayed

LORAIN — An interim Lorain Schools superintendent could be named by week’s end. Board of Education Chairman Tony Dimacchia said Tuesday that board members will interview candidates this week and are looking for someone outside the district with superintendent experience and the ability to get a 1.5 percent earned income tax school levy passed by Read More…