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As the superintendent of public school districts for nearly 20 years, I’ve dedicated my career to ensuring all children can learn and grow in open, caring and supportive environments with equitable opportunities for all races, all genders, all religions, all learning styles and in all the ways a family can look. This is why public education exists, after all, and this is why so many of us have committed our careers to serving the community of Lorain.

One of the things I’ve always found most remarkable about the City of Lorain is the welcoming nature of those who have chosen to make this city home. Lorain was recognized for its peaceful protests amid the race riots in 2020; is renowned for its annual International Festival honoring the cultural differences that make us so diverse and unique; is respected by many for raising a Gay Pride flag at City Hall — actions which tell a story about who we are, and what we’re about.

It should come as no surprise, then, that equity is one of our primary commitments within our strategic plan — a plan which was developed by our students, families, staff and community. You can learn more about our beliefs and progress surrounding Equity here.

Here’s what EQUITY looks and feels like in our schools:

  • When families move to Lorain as a safe haven from other countries, we work with local organizations and agencies to connect them with immediate supports, all while personally welcoming them into our school family and communicating with them in their home language;

  • When we hold district-wide events in the month of December, we make sure we are honoring the many religions, cultures and traditions our “International City” holds dear;

  • When a child learns differently than his or her peers, we remind our students we all have something to learn from one another by fostering inclusive learning environments; and

  • When our students identify within the LGBTQ+ community, we ensure they have personalized supports and safe spaces within our schools.

I mention all of the above as our nation and its legislators field heated conversations regarding Critical Race Theory, LGBTQ+ rights and similar topics which threaten to distract us from our mission to serve ALL students by leading with love and kindness.

Why? In my mind, it comes down to this:

  • Recent mental health data warns us that nearly half of young LGBTQ+ people have considered ending their lives in the past 12 months, according to a survey of 34,000 young people by the Trevor Project.

  • Among those young people with suicidal ideas, more than half are transgender and nonbinary youth and nearly half are Black. (Nonbinary is a term for people who do not identify as male or female.)

  • The legal statutes for public school districts surrounding equity and the rights of students who identify as LGBTQ+ in our classrooms are clearly outlined, and summarized here.

Most importantly, we want our students and families to know this: All are welcome here, and there are no exceptions.

My greatest hope is that when our students return to school they feel respected, loved, supported, and excited to be here. This is behind everything that we do — all the decisions we make, all the actions we take — and we’re extremely proud and humbled to be the ones who get to spend our days helping you prepare for your future.

Check out all there is to look forward to this year, below.



Back to School Event August 10

JOIN US for this ALL-FREE Back-to-School event featuring a community cook-out, bouncy houses, giveaways, snacks, art show, and more!

  • The first day of school for most students is Wednesday, August 17th. We will keep you posted about staggered starts, open houses, and orientations at your child's school. VIEW THE 22/23 SCHOOL CALENDAR

  • Parents of returning Titans can now log into their FinalForms account to update student information. This quick and easy process will take families less than 10 minutes to review, make any necessary changes, and sign off for the new school. LEARN MORE

  • Beginning this fall, all K-5 elementary buildings will have the same arrival/dismissal times, with our Titans starting school at 8:00 AM and dismissing at 2:30 PM. (Preschool starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 1:45 PM. We are excited about this change because it allows our youngest learners to have a consistent schedule across the district. READ MORE

  • Our middle schools are being revamped with a team approach, new schedule, new courses, and opportunity for students to gain high school credits in the building. LEARN MORE AND VIEW OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSEBOOK

  • Lorain High School will welcome a new building principal with a long history of loving Lorain City Schools. Melissa Cheers has been selected as the new principal of Lorain High School. Mrs. Cheers has dedicated more than 20 years of her career to education and instructional leadership, serving most recently as principal of the Success Academy at Lorain High. READ MORE

  • Lorain City Schools will expand transportation services to all students who live more than 2.0 miles from school, regardless of grade, starting with the 2022-2023 school year. When students return to Lorain City Schools in August, hundreds more will be eligible for free, reliable bus transportation from the district’s transportation partners at Auxilio. READ MORE

  • The highly-successful Longfellow Middle School Robotics Program is expanding its reach to all students in grades 7-12 with the new Lorain Titans Robotics Hub located at Longfellow Middle School, 305 Louisiana Ave., Lorain. The Longfellow program is an established program that has been engaging students in Lorain City Schools for seven years and, during that time, has qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship four times. It is now time to expand, giving students at Gen. Johnnie Wilson and Southview middle schools, as well as Lorain High School, the chance to be a part of the team. READ MORE

  • An enhanced Fine Arts curriculum will kick off with students enjoying more supplies and art media to create, instrumentation options, and new courses to expand the curious minds of our young creatives. READ MORE

  • Free school supplies will be provided for your child this year. Stop by the Second Annual Titan Up! Back to School Event on August 10th at Black River Landing for your child’s school supply goodie bag. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVENT

  • The MercyHealth Clinic at Washington Elementary continues to serve students, family members, staff, and community members through scheduled appointments and walk-ins, with same-day and virtual options also available! Get your child's physical, immunization, and screenings scheduled today! LEARN MORE HERE


  • MONDAY, AUGUST 1 | 10 Month Employees Return

  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 | Second Harvest Food Bank Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry @ Longfellow | 4:30-6:00 PM

  • MONDAY, AUGUST 8 | Board of Education Meeting - Regular | LHS Media Center & TV20 | 5:00 PM

  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 | TitanUp! Back to School Event | Black River Landings | 4:00-8:00 PM

  • MONDAY, AUGUST 15 | Teachers Return/Professional Development Day

  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 | First Day of School (See Staggered Start Information Below)

  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 | Second Harvest Food Bank Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry @ Longfellow | 4:30-6:00 PM

  • MONDAY, AUGUST 22 | Board of Education Meeting - Regular | LHS Media Center & TV20 | 5:00 PM