July 28, 2015

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Lorain school board hears ex-custodians’ grievances

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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

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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…

David Hall named new Oberlin Schools superintendent

OBERLIN — David Hall, assistant superintendent of Lorain Schools who is serving as the district’s interim superintendent, was tapped as the new Oberlin Schools superintendent Wednesday night. The Board of Education made the unanimous decision Wednesday after an extensive search in the months after the death of John Schroth in April. With help from the Read More…

New Lorain superintendent: Pending law doesn’t deter him from job

LORAIN — Incoming Superintendent Jeffrey Graham said Monday pending state legislation that could cause him to be fired in two years didn’t make him reluctant to accept the job. Graham was hired Wednesday as the Legislature passed a bill, soon to be signed by Gov. John Kasich, in which unelected CEOs and academic commissions run Read More…

Lorain Schools janitors challenge firing for alleged OT theft

LORAIN — Two Lorain High School janitors say they were fired after being falsely accused of stealing overtime in a case that they say has racial overtones. Bill Kopp said he was the lead janitor at the school before being fired April 9 after being accused of stealing a combined 10 hours of overtime on Read More…

Hall hired as interim superintendent in Lorain

LORAIN — Assistant Superintendent David Hall was named interim superintendent by Board of Education members Monday. The appointment takes effect Wednesday, with Hall succeeding retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker. Hall will serve until Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham takes over Aug. 1. Hall was passed over Wednesday by board members in favor of Graham despite vocal opposition. Read More…

New Lorain superintendent has informal meet-and-greet at International Fest

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LORAIN — As part of efforts to get to know Lorain and its residents better, incoming Lorain Superintendent Jeffrey Graham visited the Lorain International Festival on Sunday. Graham, the Parma superintendent, succeeds retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker on Aug. 1. Graham said he’ll have formal meetings after he begins work. Sunday’s visit was informal, but Graham Read More…

‘Youngstown’ rule could apply to Lorain in two years

LORAIN — Lorain Schools has two years to get its academic numbers up, or it will face the fallout of a new system state legislators have crafted as a way to handle failures in struggling districts. The so-called “Youngstown Plan” is not Youngstown-centric in the way legislation is currently written. Therefore, Lorain — the only district besides Read More…

In front of big crowd, Lorain school board hires Parma’s Graham

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LORAIN — Despite vociferous opposition from some attendees at the meeting, Board of Education members on Wednesday hired Parma Superintendent Jeffrey Graham to succeed retiring Superintendent Tom Tucker, effective Aug. 1. Board President Tony Dimacchia, board Vice President Bill Sturgill and board members Mitch Fallis and Tim Williams voted yes. Board member Jim Smith was Read More…