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Sheffield-Sheffield Lake superintendent has baptism by ice

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SHEFFIELD — With a $31 million school building project underway, as well as labor negotiations and a high number of bad weather school closings, new Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Superintendent Michael Cook has been forced to hit the ground running. Cook, 43, promoted from Brookside High School principal to superintendent Jan. 1, is OK with that. He Read More…

Sheffield Lake Council approves $2.89 million budget unanimously

SHEFFIELD LAKE — A $2.89 million general fund budget was unanimously approved by City Council members at their Tuesday meeting. Passage comes as city officials grapple with less state revenue and on the heels of a November rejection by voters of a 0.5 percent income tax hike that would’ve raised $500,000 annually and cost a Read More…

Sheffield Lake weighs trying special election for tax levy

Sheffield Lake firefighters stand outside a home after a fire on Oct. 23. The city's full-time Fire Department will be disbanded after voters rejected a levy. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

SHEFFIELD LAKE — A decision whether to hold a special election to try to pass a 0.5 percent income tax increase may come in January. Mayor Dennis Bring said after Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he wants to evaluate whether there is enough support for the levy to justify spending about $8,000 for a special Read More…

UPDATE: Resident rescued from Sheffield Lake house fire

Firefighters check for hot spots after a house fire at 324 Thelma Drive in Sheffield Lake. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD LAKE — A man was rescued from his home after a fire broke out early Wednesday. A neighbor called 911 at about 7:30 a.m. to report a fire at 324 Thelma Drive, according to Sheffield Lake Fire Chief Tim Card. When firefighters arrived at the house, the living room was ablaze. Firefighters entered the Read More…

Southview grad Jessica Tomazic makes huge strides in a year, goes from 70th to first in Vermilion Triathlon

VERMILION — Lorain County athletes made their presence felt in Sunday’s sixth annual Vermilion Harbor Triathlon and Duathlon at Linwood Park. Lorain’s Jessica Tomazic, 31, won the women’s title and finished ninth overall for the Olympic Distance race in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds. The event consisted of 1.5K swim, Read More…

Family of Parti Holland II speaks about their grief, frustration

Jacqueline and Parti Holland, with daughter Hailey, hold a photo of Parti Holland II on Sunday.  (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)

WAKEMAN — Three days after Sheffield Middle School student Parti Holland II committed suicide, relatives say the school attendance office called Parti’s parents to say he was not in class. “Tell me that a school system that can call on a deceased child and can’t keep that straight, can keep anything else straight,” said Jeanie Read More…

School board proposes website to combat bullying

SHEFFIELD — In the wake of the suicide of a 14-year-old Sheffield Middle School student who told friends and an aunt he was bullied, Sheffield Schools is making changes. Superintendent Will Folger at Monday’s Board of Education meeting proposed creating a website link for parents or students to report bullying. The reports could be anonymous. Read More…

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake superintendent to retire in December

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake schools Superintendent Will Folger speaks March 9 at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new high school in Sheffield.

SHEFFIELD — Superintendent Will Folger retires Dec. 31. “This is very, very difficult for me,” Folger said Monday to Board of Education members who unanimously approved the retirement. “But as I go out the door in six months, 40 years of education is probably about enough.” Folger, 61, was appointed superintendent in 2004. He began Read More…

Investigation shows school district followed bullying protocol prior to teen’s suicide

Parti Holland II

SHEFFIELD — No wrongdoing has been found by Sheffield Middle School staff in the March 23 suicide of a 14-year-old student whose friends and aunt said he’d been bullied. Parti Holland II hung himself in his bedroom in his Knickerbocker Road home in Sheffield Lake, according to Dr. Stephen Evans, Lorain County coroner. A few Read More…

High school volleyball: Former Elyria High standout Karlee Bruck takes reins at Brookside

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SHEFFIELD — Most new coaches take over programs that are on the decline or just treading water, but Karlee Bruck won’t have that problem. Bruck, a 2007 Elyria High School graduate and volleyball player at the University of Michigan, is the new volleyball coach at Brookside High School. She replaces Ted Whitsel, who left the Read More…