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District News & Events  
November 21, 2016

COLLABORATING WITH THE STATE, HB70 AND A CEO

Since the latest release of the Local Report Card we've received much media attention about our status with the state as a result of HB 70 which will introduce a new Commission and CEO to our district in 2017.  And most recently, some articles have been floating around on social media that have led people to believe that there have been new developments to the process as it relates to being in Academic Distress because of the media's use of the phrase "state takeover" - a phrase we do not use to describe our situation. Please allow me to reassure you that absolutely nothing has changed from the information we have been sharing with you all along.

I want to reiterate a couple of things to ease some of the stress this type of media exposure can bring about:

  • This is not new information. The rules have not changed since HB 70 was enacted and we have been providing regular updates on our status throughout. Since we didn't meet the benchmarks this year, we do not meet the requirements needed to be released from Academic Distress.  
  • In late October, we shared information about how we are working with the state to increase the likelihood of a smooth transition for our schools. As it stands, the earliest a CEO could be introduced to us is April 2017, and the latest is August 2017. However, I think it would help all of us if we knew who and what would be coming as early as possible so that we can prepare accordingly. We will continue to share all of those details with you as soon as we have them.
  • Full information with answers to frequently asked questions about HB70 and a CEO in Lorain are being shared weekly and are also available on our website at this link. If you have questions that are not addressed there, please email Erin Gadd at egadd@loraincsd.org and we'll address those issues as well.
  • Again, our focus right now is to ensure a smooth transition to respect our students, staff, families, and community during this time. By collaborating with the state, our hope is to keep both our community and current board of education fully engaged throughout this process. I believe that if that happens, we can be successful. The state has made it very clear that they want us to be a success story - and I'm very encouraged that the focus right now is on how together we can have a positive impact on the children of Lorain.

I know this is a stressful time for many of us as there are many unknowns and the current time lines for the next steps may add to this anxiety. We will do our best to share what we know as soon as we can. Regardless, if there are rumors, fears, concerns, questions, suggestions, etc. or if you’re bored and you just want to chat, please let me know.

If you want to chat, call me at 440-830-4000. If you'd like for me to speak in your area of the community or at an upcoming meeting of an organization you're with, I will make it a priority to meet with you as soon as I can. If you’d prefer to communicate via email, please email Erin Gadd, our Director of Communications. I suggest this for two reasons: She has most of the answers at her fingertips and can respond quickly, and admittedly, I am horrible with email.

In the meantime, please know that we're doing all we can to keep our relationship with the state strong, collaborative, open and transparent. I truly believe that if we do this the right way and engage the right people along the way, a lot of good can come from this.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeff Graham
Superintendent

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SEASON TITANS! 
What a season for Lorain High foootball! Our team secured the most wins in the history of our district, earned 2 playoff victories, and competed for the first time ever in the regional finals. It was a delight to watch them play and cheer them on all season long. Way to go Titans! Review all the highlights at lorainathletics.org.
ANSWERS TO FAQ'S ABOUT HB70 AND A CEO IN LORAIN
Both Lorain and Youngstown school districts have Academic Distress Commissions, but only Youngstown is affected by HB70 - for now. Since Lorain's grades did not improve a new Academic Distress Commission with new powers will be created for the 2017-2018 school year. Learn more at this link.
SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD'S IMMUNIZATIONS AND WELL CHILD VISIT AT A MERCY CLINIC IN THE LORAIN CITY SCHOOLS
Mercy is now providing health and wellness services right in the Lorain City Schools - making it more convenient than ever for parents to make sure their kids stay healthy! Reminder: students MUST have a signed consent form to receive these services.
 

DID YOU KNOW? A free shuttle will transport your child from any Lorain City School to the Mercy School-Based Health Clinic for his or her appointment!

Schedule an appointment: 440-370-5446  
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MOMENT OF AWESOME
Thank you Titan Marching Band for keeping us rocking all season long! You are truly the heart beat of the Lorain City Schools.

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