Lorain City Schools -going – going ?????
UPDATE – PLEASE LINK TO THIS POST
THE SCHOOL SECRETARY (it makes for some eye opening reading and will make you think!!)
There was not a lot of hope that many of these sixth graders would ever make it to twelfth grade, so this was their only chance at the “prom” experience. The families never failed to pull out all the stops for this event every year. Yet, when it came right down to it, the families were giving up on these kids. They were just accepting what they perceived as their inevitable fate. They weren’t even trying to give these kids a better life and break the vicious cycle.
For the most part I am ignoring issues , I am ignoring what is happening in the real world of Lorain. I am leaving it to others now. I probably won’t even vote this year – first time since the age of 24. (I am still debating that in my head- it will depend on if I feel I can make a difference) you see I have changed.
But it is hard to ignore the fact that a neighbor, whom I have said good morning to every day that I have lived in this house, is in its death throes.
Irving School is going and today there is an on-line auction for Lorain City Schools
LORAIN CITY SCHOOLS
SURPLUS INVENTORY ONLINE AUCTION
BEGINS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010
FREE ACCESS FOR THE PUBLIC.
ONLY PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS SELL THEIR ITEMS ON THIS SITE.
From my self-imposed prison I scan the newspapers ( on-line) and read of problems with Lorain City Schools . I think back to just 3 years ago and another September, when Lorain City Schools was rocked financially all the problems faced and it seems that I am reliving those times three years on.
Not a lot has seems to have changed
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. ~Confucius
As I archived the comments from Lorain City Schools Forum and the happenings on WoM I noticed In the space of just one month and 22 days on that forum there was over 1074 comments. 262 pages filled in “word” a small book.
Wom LCS forum 175 Sept 2007
Wom LCS 175-350 Sept 2007
Wom LCS forum 350-525 Sept 2007
Wom LCS forum 525-700 Sept 2007
Wom LCS forum 700-875 Sept 2007
WoM LCS forum 875-1074 October 22nd
The posts on WoM penned fast and furious as to the state of the schools and what needed to be done. Brian , Scott , Kelly, Jim and Roman
Lorain City Schools- Roman, hundreds of comments followed each post, so much so Scott had to set up another page.
ALL had suggestions and in the case of Brian
he organized rally after rally drawing people from their apathy, but that was of another time and another blog.
Things changed on the Wom – just as they have with me but not to wisdom and happiness unfortunately .
Sept 2007 was a time of upheaval and cost cutting. Employees, teachers , citizens and candidates found a place to vent the frustration – the financial situation was dire – we are being told now the financial situation is dire once again
Have things “changed” in those three years?
Yes! we have another superintendent, different members on the BOE , we now have one high school , new buildings to replace the old in some cases, new uniforms but the report card is not good- a score of 1 out of 26 that isn’t good no matter how optimistic you are. In that year of 2007 we rated 4- in 2006- 6 in 2005 -8 and 2004 -4 and I say WE because how Lorain Schools fare so do we all- we are in this together like it or not. http://ilrc.ode.state.oh.us/Districts/District_Questions.asp?sel=044263,Lorain City,Lorain County
SOMETHING good is happening in Lorain’s schools these days, and at the same time, a door is opening to further improve student achievement.
ED. NOTE -John we must remember was the long time editor of the Morning Journal and was at the helm through the LCS continuing decline so his opinion should come from experience.”
“So, as the education available in Lorain stinks like a dead cat on the curb the superintendent and board find all manner of activities to look busy”
ED NOTE: The whole article can be found here by clicking on the PDF file link below
Something does need to change – even I can see that from my place beneath the surface- but what???? YOU tell me – what will make a difference and “quickly”. As I see it from the “outside” Lorain City Schools need to pass a levy but the voters are not in a giving mood- what is needed to change that mood? What can be said that hasn’t been said before, what change for wisdom and happiness?
After all what is being asked of the voters is not “small change” in these trying times –
“The Lorain school board officially placed a 9.12-mill, 10-year emergency levy on the November ballot. Members voted 4 to 1 last night, with the dissenting vote coming from member Jim Smith.
The levy will bring in $6 million per year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home roughly $306 per year or $25 a month.
On top of what we are already paying???No not small change!
The previous levy (May 2010) of
generating $5.9 million each year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $274 per year, or $22.83 per month.
as did the previous The 6.43-mill levy in November 2009
WILL THERE BE A CHANGE COMING????( apart from the mills that is)
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana