Press Release from the Office of the Mayor- Chase Ritenauer

June 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm 11 comments

June 12, 2012
City of Lorain
Office of Mayor Chase Ritenauer
Phone: 440-204-2002

City of Lorain Proceeds on Considering Donated Property Without Schools; City Expresses Support for School Administration and Vows to Work Together for Success

LORAIN, OH – Some weeks ago, the Lorain City School District approached the City of Lorain to discuss a potential collaboration with respect to property owned by Mr. Joe Lucas. The City of Lorain has been exploring potential sites for a service center to house multiple city operations, and the potential for collaboration with the school district was welcomed. After meeting with the schools on June 4th, the City, at the request of the School Board President, composed a letter discussing the potential for collaboration.

Within the past few days, it has been made clear that multiple meetings and discussions have been held without the City’s knowledge. These meetings included discussions and facts central to the decision making process. As a result, the City is moving forward on its own with assessment of the Lucas site along with other potential sites. The City is welcome to future collaboration with the schools as well as with other entities so long as mutually shared goals are established at the forefront of the process.

Mayor Ritenauer supports Superintendent Branham, whether he finishes out his contract or whether he and the Board agree for him to continue on through December, and the School Board and wants to work with them in achieving success this November and beyond. While approaches to management will inevitably have philosophical disagreements every so often, the City looks forward to those conversations and ultimately wants to see the Lorain City Schools be successful and will work with the schools to that end.


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  • 1. Loraine Ritchey  |  June 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I thank the Mayor for the clarification NOW Lorain City Schools my question to you is WHO authorized the approach to the city?

  • 2. gramster1  |  June 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    What a C.Y.A moment to say the least! Who authorized discussion outside of the sunshine law? Why not let the public know about it from the outset? Such games they play constantly at our children’s expense.

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  June 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    well I believe a lot of damage has been done as far as credibility and also the taxpayer shaking heads. So if, as the Mayor states more than once LCS approached the city

    “who authorized the approach”- they say it was initially the meeting on June 4th but my understanding is that meeting was “supposed to be about the levy” for the schools and working together – a LEVY committee meeting so who broached the moving of a high school and with who’s authority from LCS …. is it a case of too many hats????

    I seriously believe that someone has to be held accountable in this because we have had rumour, innudendo, handbags at dawn , people’s motives being questioned..someone needs to clarify and since the oness is back on LCS then they need to address the who what why and how…… just my opinion …….

  • 4. Andrew Branham  |  June 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Chase is in ‘damage control mode’ right now. His plot is out and the city of Lorain is once again seeing that Tony G. and the Dems will go to any cost to expand their radical agenda. As I have said before ~ it is quite clear that Chase and Tony have only one thing in mind – their own self interests. They want their service center to be built on the LAK land. They will stop at no cost to get their way – including trying to take over the schools, trying to force Dr. Branham out, intimidating people, and even throwing the kids under the bus. It is a very sad display for Lorain! This is how the Dems of Lorain work.

  • 5. Loraine Ritchey  |  June 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Andrew,
    I spoke to the Mayor this morning he was under the impression at that meeting of June the 4th the idea of partnering and moving the LHS was coming from LCS.

    Who arranged that meeting ? is one question I would ask-

    Did the majority fo the people attending believe they were there to attend a “levy committee meeting?

    Who decided to add this high school talk to the agenda and who authorized this discussion at this level. Were all the parties that attended including the Fire Chief and Community Development aware that this was supposedly a Levy Committee Meeting ?

    The way this should have played out in my opinion –

    1. To find out if there was any interest from the “whole of Lorain City Schools” on this “moving to site 4” a meeting ( executive if you will) should have been held with the BOE , LCS administration architect Columbus and anyone else that could say whether this was a good or bad idea. If is was deemed too little too late and not a good idea fine move on…..

    2. But if it was deemed there should be further discussion then they should with full knowledge of all parties approached the city.

    Again it comes down to “who authorized this initial discussion ” to take place under the guise of a “levy committee meeting – and why and I believe that has to be explained in full – because it sure is not helping credibility in any direction.

    again just my “independent ” two cents….

  • 6. aka/mozart  |  June 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    amen,,,loraine..that woman…and thanks Lorain…got dirt….where the two L’s will meet……sweet!

  • 7. Brian  |  June 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I read somewhere that the mayor wanted the super to cut another million dollars worth of administrators from the schools budget. I would have liked the schools to cut even more.

    However, the city is in somewhat of a pickle. The schools and the city are both reaching for tax levies in the fall and both stand a good chance of failing and at that point we will see who is willing to cut the most.

    The schools are screwed as far as passing a levy because the taxpayers know, like the mayor, that there are additional cuts that could be made to save money AND the state of Ohio is coming in and running the show if a levy passes or not.

  • 8. Bill Sturgill  |  June 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I can just speak for myself. I went to the meeting Monday June 4th to discuss a levy. I sat and listened. Yesterday I was accused of changing my mind and flopping on the matter of this 21st street site. I don’t believe this was presented or handled correctly. I guess you would say it was the cart before the horse thing. Sad to say this all became just another political debacle. The groundbreaking for the new high school is set for mid September. I’m ready to get started and finished so the children and this community will have a state of the art school .

  • 9. Loraine Ritchey  |  June 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Bil I have my own thoughts on this “levy meeting” and the start of the debacle——- I will be putting it up in an hour or so …. but in the meantime how can one “flip flop” and a proposal that was not officially presented to you as a BOE- more later 🙂

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