May 5, 2016

Elyria
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Germany taking steps to accommodate immigrants, but influx poses problems

BERLIN — Fadi and Fadiya started school in Berlin last month not knowing a word of German. The 9-year-old twins from Syria are among nearly 400,000 children among a wave of up to 1 million migrants expected in Germany this year alone. All around the country, schools have added extra teachers and “welcome classes” to Read More…

Elyria, Lorain districts work to pin down enrollment numbers

Evan Goodenow and Lisa Roberson The Chronicle-Telegram The race is on across the Lorain and Elyria school districts to find students who have yet to show up for classes as school officials aim to determine if absent students are truant or not enrolled. Each year, both districts — the two largest in the county and Read More…

UNICEF: 40 percent dropout rate in Mideast conflict areas; could lead to further radicalization

AMMAN, Jordan — Forty percent of children from five conflict-scarred Middle Eastern countries are not attending school, the United Nations agency for children said Thursday, warning that losing this generation will lead to more militancy, migration and a dim future for the region. An estimated 13.7 million school age children from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya Read More…

Elyria school board blasted for lack of transparency

ELYRIA — The Elyria school board is being called out for its lack of transparency by those who said they inquired about the vacant board seat but heard nothing until school board members picked Don Boddy’s replacement in a closed-door meeting. In the two weeks between Boddy’s Feb. 18 resignation from the board and the Read More…

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

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

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

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…