April 24, 2014

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Columbia voters pass schools’ ‘do-or-die’ operating levy

Adrienne Heidecker, left, and Jennifer Davies, right, react after finding out voters passed the Columbia Schools levy with 51 percent of the vote Tuesday night. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA – Superintendent Graig Bansek had his cell phone in his hand nearly the entire night Tuesday. He used it to continuously update the Lorain County Board of Election’s website on the phone’s small screen, hoping that each time he hit refresh a new update would greet him. Then, it came – the numbers he Read More…

North Ridgeville schools treasurer resigns

Biagio Sidoti, North Ridgeville Schools treasurer, gives a high five to Becky Rowe, co-chair of Citizens for Better Schools as Amy Rutledge Communications Coordinator reads off the final winning results for the school levy in this May 7 file photo. CHRONICLE FILE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — After 15 years with the North Ridgeville Schools, Treasurer Biagio Sidoti will be leaving his post to take a similar position with North Royalton. Perennially honored for his work, Sidoti announced his resignation at the school board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night. He will begin his new job Jan. 1. The move Read More…

Oberlin Schools seeking continued progress

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OBERLIN — Oberlin Schools’ finances, the district’s report card and a plan to move forward with the consolidation of school buildings were discussed Tuesday during a State of the School address. The address, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, was at the Oberlin Public Library. Superintendent John Schroth answered questions from the public and Read More…

State OKs Lorain Schools academic recovery plan

LORAIN — The academic recovery plan for Lorain Schools has been approved by Richard Ross, Ohio Superintendent of Instruction. “After reviewing the plan, I believe it is a good first step,” Ross wrote in a Wednesday letter to Academic Distress Commission members and Bill Zelei, commission chairman. “The commission and school district should continue to Read More…

Columbia Schools outlines cuts if November levy fails

COLUMBIA — Community members with shell-shocked eyes and parents with weary faces listened with astonishment as Columbia Schools Superintendent Greg Bansek used blunt words to describe what would happen to the district if voters failed to pass the upcoming November levy. On the heels of a May failure and after four years of continuous cost Read More…

Lorain Schools board members to vote on new contract today

LORAIN — A new contract for Lorain Schools teachers is scheduled to be voted on by Board of Education members today. Teachers approved the contract Wednesday, according to Jay Pickering, Lorain Education Association president. Pickering wouldn’t release the vote tally but said approval was substantial. “The membership is happy with our work,” Pickering said of Read More…

North Ridgeville schools consider lockdown alternative

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Schools have long used lockdowns as a primary means of protecting children against an armed intruder. And while those measures have worked to save lives during horrific episodes of shootings inside school buildings, some districts have traded in the defensive lockdown for a more proactive and controversial means of protection known as Read More…

State takeover of Lorain Schools underway

LORAIN – The academic takeover of Lorain Schools began today with the naming of a five-member Academic Distress Commission. The state-appointed members are Commission Chairman William Zelei, Rosa Rivera-Hainaj and Cathy Deitlin. The locally-appointed members are Henry Patterson and Raul Ramos. Ramos is a Lorain County Community College professor and former Lorain Board of Education Read More…

Tucker picked to lead Lorain Schools

LORAIN — Sandusky Schools Superintendent Tom Tucker is the choice of Board of Education members be the new Lorain Schools superintendent. Board of Education member Jim Smith said today that Tucker’s 27 years working for the district was a major factor in why he supported Tucker over Stephen Stohla, a former Alliance Schools and Brookfield Read More…