District News & Events  
August 28, 2017

First, I want to thank everyone for all you did to ensure a strong start to the 2017-2018 school year. Whether you are a parent who helped ensure your child was excited about returning to our classrooms, an educator or staff member who took advantage of the many professional learning opportunities over the summer, or a community member who donated school supplies, backpacks, food, or clothing to our students to ensure they succeed - from all of us, thank you.

Second, I want to thank you for your patience with us as we transition through the requirements of House Bill 70. Over the course of the past two years, we have made it a very high priority to make sure that you have been engaged – that has included two-way communication that is open, honest, candid and timely. Unfortunately, given the aggressive timeline of House Bill 70’s mandates, our commitment to giving you advanced notification of opportunities to engage has been restricted. Unfortunately, it is nothing that we as a district have had any control over.

Because of this legislation, over the last two months the firms hired by our Academic Distress Commission have been giving very little notice when inviting community members for their input for critical decisions – including engaging our community in the hiring of a CEO and gathering input necessary to create the new Academic Recovery Plan.  As a result, the search firm and the engagement firm have had to be very aggressive in meeting those timelines which has not allowed for us to demonstrate to you the same level of respect to which you have grown accustomed with community engagement.

My concern is that these circumstances have people wondering if we truly want your voices to be heard. I can assure you that we not only want, but need you at the table.

Again, I apologize for how rushed these processes must seem to you and if we’ve given you the impression that your voice is not important.  I believe you know this is not how we have conducted business in the past and we look forward to things getting back to normal very soon. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience.

All that said, please take a few minutes to complete the current community survey through the links in the article below. Your input will continue to shape the future of your schools as we move forward.


Dr. Jeff Graham, Superintendent


I am truly honored to serve you in my new role as CEO of Lorain City Schools.  Thank you for welcoming me and my family into the Lorain community. 

Together, we share the critical responsibility to give every Lorain City Schools student the educational opportunities they deserve.  As we begin this pursuit, my first priority is listening to you.  I believe each member of the Lorain community provides a unique perspective that should serve as the foundation for our forthcoming Academic Improvement Plan. You will have opportunities in the coming months to review this plan as it comes together, but this survey serves as an important first step to inform our strategy.

Please take a few minutes to answer the questions in this brief survey.  Your name and contact information are optional.
In the Lorain City Schools we're providing your family with more ways to keep your child healthy - without ever leaving school. Be sure to complete and return the consent forms coming home with your child soon - or - access the forms at this link to take advantage of these services this school year!

NOTE: The Lorain City Schools provide a FREE SHUTTLE to transport your child to and from in-school health appointments. Parents are welcome, but need not be present at time of appointment.

Mercy Health Clinics provide immunizations, cold/flu care, prescriptions, physicals, asthma and diabetes management and more!
Schedule appointment: (440) 370-5446

Lorain County Board of Mental Health clinicians provide mental health checks (anxiety, depression, etc.) and behavioral health screenings.
Schedule appointment: (440) 830-4054

North Coast Eye Care provides vision exams, medial eye care and treatment, and offers a wide selection of glasses for students!
Schedule appointment: (440) 830-4087

In the Lorain City Schools, the start of each school year presents an important opportunity to improve an increasingly urgent issue: too many children missing too many days of school. This school year, new regulations are changing the ways we track and support attendance  
Click here to learn how...


As part of the community engagement work led by our new CEO David Hardy Jr., partner organization (TNTP) will be in attendance at focus groups all across the district to gather input and ideas from students, staff, families and community members in the Lorain City Schools. Click here to read Hardy's 90-Day Plan to learn more about the engagement process and the district's focus on what is possible in Lorain if we come together for a common purpose. Click here to view engagement opportunities coming soon!
Want your three- or four-year old child to get a head start on success in school? Enroll in the FREE Young Titans Preschool Program in the Lorain City Schools! Your child will be taught by certified teachers in pre-reading, social skills, imaginative play, physical education, math, music and art! Free meals and snacks, and transportation is provided. Call 440-830-4040 to enroll today!
Starting in September, General Johnnie Wilson Middle School will host a free community walking group on Wednesday evenings. This event is being held in partnership with the Lorain County Health District for the Live Healthy Lorain initiative. Learn more...

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