Lorain City Schools- What will it take Lorain? The Good- the Bad – the Ugly?

November 15, 2011 at 5:30 am 9 comments

What will it take to support an increase in school funding by the citizens of Lorain or to buy back into Lorain City Schools?

I have watched from my perch on the peripheal the issues effecting Lorain City Schools. These are just my thoughts as a “surface dweller” I am not “immersed in academia” and have no in-depth knowledge of the way the “administration of the educational system in this community works on a daily basis

That being said I am like 80 percent of the voting population in this community
– so it would follow that if you educate me on the inner workings and needs in “plain speak” Lorain City Schools may benefit from the dialogue.

Let us start with THE GOOD from my experience of how Lorain City Schools has effected my life as a surface dweller
( readers feel free to add to this conversation of GOOD You can either submit a comment at the bottom of this post or send in your own post to me and I will publish )
PHOTO- Dan Brady
The new Admiral King Elementary being built has given this old neighborhood where I live a positive. The fact the children are “involved” with this neighborhood and the teachers are helping that involvement and taking “ownership” of this , Lorain’s oldest neighborhood is “good” for the residents and the community.

You can see them as they tour the neighborhood – Charleston Pioneer Cemetery, Settlers’ Watch, the Admiral King Tribute Site , Black River Landing , the importance of the port – listening to the volunteers of the Black River Historical Society ( Frank Sipkovsky in particular) as they get a “real walking education”


Life and Laughter coming from children is always a “GOOD” thing- – this neighborhood needs youth, life and laughter and pride of ownership.

The children learning about the history of this place we call home is a “GOOD thing” – ownership in a community starts small ( just like the settlement of 1807-12 as people found out about the benefits of being a community ).

Lorain City Schools is Lorain’s 2nd largest employer – those employed ( even if they lay their heads elsewhere at night) spend their waking and productive hours in these neighborhoods. They are part of the community of Lorain. The schools are our neighbors. We need neighbors who are looking out for the best interest of our children.

On a personal note, having “produced” the event – the Dedication of the Tribute Site for Admiral King – I was so impressed with the calibre of the young people who attended and did so much to enhance the event.

PHOTO- Dan Brady
The Lorain High School Band and the JROTC were very special : On September I wrote the following :

Dear Mr. Sivik and members of the Lorain High Marching Band,

I would like to thank you all for your talent and expertise, as demonstrated at the designation ceremony for Fleet Admiral Ernest J King’s tribute space, on September 18th 2011. The LHS Band was a wonderful addition to the ceremony and everyone I spoke to commented how very good you are and how they thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The Lorain High School Band in my opinion was the icing on the cake and I know this was shared by all who attended. Once again, thank you so much for being an integral part of such a special day.

PHOTO- Mark Teleha and to the members of the JROTC

Dear 1st Sgt. Obechi and members of the Lorain JROTC

I would like to thank you all for your participation at the designation ceremony for Fleet Admiral Ernest J King’s tribute space, on September 18th 2011. How impressive to see the young members of the JROTC as they honored their country, the flags and those young men and women who had given their all. It was such a tribute to freedom to see the young carrying the emblems of freedom and service alongside those who had fought for that freedom. I know you made everyone in attendance very proud, once again thank you so much for making a very special event even more so.

These young men and women are the product of Lorain City Schools – we have every right to be proud of them – they are what is GOOD about LCS and I just touched on a small part of the GOOD-

What do you Lorain feel is GOOD about our neighbor– what benefit do you derive from Lorain City Schools????????????????????????- Why do you like being part of Lorain City Schools, whether as a student, parent or employee. I hand the blog over to you…………..

ED Note: We will also be touching on the BAD however the rule will be when discussing what is “wrong” you also have to come up with a possible solution….. 🙂

And when discussing the UGLY, which we will also cover – no rumour and innuendo please – personal experiences are OK – situation experienced are OK too – naming names is also OK as long as you name yourself– we aren’t going to have a “bash fest”


Entry filed under: Brit take, Charleston Village, city of lorain, education, Open for Discussion, opinion. Tags: , , .

Trials and Tribulations of a flag unfurled- Admiral King Tribute Site Why Won’t A School Levy Pass? – Guest blogger- KB Sagert.

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Grammy  |  November 15, 2011 at 11:14 am

    There has always been so much good about our schools. Unfortunately, media reporting generally falls on the not so good and sensational. Our children for the most part are great and should have those things praised more often then they are. Given a chance our children can do marvelous things.

  • 2. Brian  |  November 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    If the discussion has to be about the good, there are many talented and professional teachers that are employed in the school system. No question about that. The levy defeat could also be a blessing in disguise because the discussions about Lorain not getting any new funding need to end and a solid financial plan of providing an education and how it is going to be paid for needs to be put forth.

    The concerns of residents that inefficiencies and waste still exist today may be addressed and dealt with and possibly the focus will return to providing opportunities for our children as the next super is selected.

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks Brian – I know you have the schools at “heart” as demonstrated in 2007 🙂 you have that bucket still handy?

    Yes, this particular discussion is about the “good” the rest will follow I am sure.. I started with the good because there is good and sometimes we need to be reminded of that fact… I will let this post perk for a couple of days ……….

  • 4. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    and drum roll in the good column:


  • 5. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  November 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    There are plenty of amazing teachers, students, volunteers and employees in this school district. No question about that . . .

  • 6. Brian  |  November 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    My chair is still there, just in a little disrepair. I have been involved with LCS for over 18 years with four children attending and have lived through the good, bad, and extremely ugly.

    I stand behind my comment about the levy based upon a personal experience that sometimes it takes reaching a tipping point before one walks away from old beliefs to chart out a new course of action to move forward.

    I look forward to possibly becoming reinvolved with the school system once they stop feeding me the garbage for excuses that they have been giving.

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks Brian – you surely managed involvement back in 2007 ah there were great hopes then the “new” super( paid) “intendent” would be able to turn things around.

    Unfortunately I think we are worse off and the schools are defintely going to need the expertise and thoughts and involvement of those outside of Charleston and the LCS system to get things back to where the system is manageable and productive…….. dialogue has to start somewhere let us see if it can start here…… 🙂

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