Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Keep schoold "Excellent with Distinction."
Tuesday, April 23
To the Editor: I have lived in Avon Lake for almost 50 years. When I arrived, the center of town, at Walker and Route 83, was a gas station, a TV store, and 2 cornfields. The top industries in town were Fruehauf Truck, Goodrich and CEI. There was no cable TV, no Internet, no cell phones and no freeway. Things have changed in that near half century, but one thing has remained the same. The Avon Lake City Schools were excellent then, and they are excellent today. The Avon Lake City Schools are not just excellent, they are “Excellent With Distinction” as noted by the State. They continue to meet all 23 state educational requirements to reach that level. We don’t have to look too far away to see school systems that don’t even come close to …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Former mayor, school board president says he's not opposed to levy, but the 10-year is too much.
I am quite concerned about the size and length of the May levy for the Avon Lake City Schools. I understand the difficulties projecting revenues and expenses. I served on the Avon Lake School board from 1998 to 2001. I have two concerns. First, 8.28 mills is a substantial increase for every household in Avon Lake. Based on the Lorain County Auditor’s website, the effective residential tax rate in Avon Lake is 65.052598 mills. This increase represents a nearly 13% increase in our residential property tax rate. Second, the rationale behind a ten year levy still escapes me. I understand the board believes that by passing a 10 year levy they will collect funds for a much longer period of time at a set rate. History and spending patterns …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Laub to replace Jim Reitenbach
Michael Laub is Avon Local Schools' new superintendent, the Avon Board of Education announced Monday morning. Laub's hiring will be officially approved May 2 at a special meeting of the Board of Education before a 6 p.m. public reception for him in the media center at Heritage North Elementary School. Laub, who has served on the building and infrastructure committee for Avon Local Schools' Continuous Improvement Plan Committee, will take over when current superintendent Jim Reitenbach leaves at the end of the school year. Reitenbach, who has been superintendent in Avon since 1999, announced his resignation in December. Finding Leaders, the business hired by the school board to help with the hiring of a new superintendent, conducted focus …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Two re-elected board members and one newly elected board of education member take oaths of office Jan. 10.
The three individuals elected to the Avon Lake Board of Education on Nov. 8, Ron Jantz, Pam Ohradzansky and Jim Stobe are sworn in at the Jan. 10 Board of Education meeting. Jantz and Ohradzansky are starting their second four-year terms while Stobe is beginning his first.
Friday, December 16, 2011
JVS will go after a levy about half the size of this fall's failed levy.
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. After voters rejected a 1.75-mill levy for the Lorain County Joint Vocational School in last month’s elections, JVS will seek a smaller renewal levy in the March primaries, said Avon Lake Board of Education Vice President Pam Ohradzansky at Tuesday's board meeting. “This one is basically half of what we asked for before,” she said. “And it will be for five years, instead of 10.” Ohradzansky, who also serves on the board at JVS, said the vocational school will seek the renewal levy to cover operating funds, but it’s only part of the approach to balance its books. “We are looking at ways to tighten our belts,” she said. “But these are funds that are greatly needed.” More details of the levy will be …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Annual event features candidates from Avon Lake's candidates. Refreshments served after.
Avon Lake High School’s government classes are having the annual Candidates Night forum on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the school’s Performing Arts Center. 175 Avon Belden Road. The three candidates for Avon Lake mayor, City Council and school board will debate. A reception will follow in the high school commons. Not familiar with the candidates? Check out our Election Central page featuring all the candidates, bios and local issues. The annual debate features student moderators. Candidates Night is open to the public. The school is located at 175 Avon Belden Rd. Parking is available off of the school's Electric Boulevard entrance.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Ohradzansky puts students first but understands the challenges of funding
We would like to encourage you to vote to reelect Pam Ohradzansky to the Avon Lake Board of Education. Pam is passionate, dedicated and has the experience that we need on the Board of Education. She has served on the Avon Lake Board of Education for more than seven years and has been Vice President of the BOE since January 2007. During her tenure, Avon Lake Schools have received performance ratings of "Excellent" or "Excellent with Distinction" on the State Report Card. Pam is dedicated to supporting the mission of the Avon Lake City Schools "to challenge all students and develop their individual goals through community partnerships, resources and technologies which will produce responsible and compassionate citizens." She puts students …
Monday, October 10, 2011
Thomas G. Smith is seeking one of three Avon Lake Board of Education seats
Name: Thomas G. Smith, M.D. Date of Birth: 06/13/47 Occupation: Pediatrician/ retired Education: Bachelor of Science from Akron University, Doctorate of Medicine from OSU Family: Wife: Judy, sons: Tom (28), Tim (25) and Tyler (18). All have attended Avon Lake City Schools Years residing in Avon Lake: 14 yrs Political Affiliation: Republican Office Sought: Avon Lake School Board Previous Political Office Sought or Held: None Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Candidate statement: Being a pediatrician I am running on three health issues for children. First, children are not getting enough exercise. For a grade schooler daily recess does not cost anything. For high schoolers, increase the amount of gym required from two to four semesters. Give …
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Incumbent Ron Jantz is seeking one of three Board of Education seats in the November General Election. This is a non-partisan race.
Name: Ron Jantz Date of Birth: 3/10/65 Occupation: Digital Media Coordinator at Lorain County Community College Education: 1983 Midview High School Graduate, 1985 LCCC Associate of Arts Degree, 1987 Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University Family: Wife - Stacy, Children – Riley, Julia, Caroline and Maggie Years residing in Avon Lake: 16 years Political Affiliation: Republican Office Sought: Board of Education – Avon Lake City Schools Previous Political Office Sought or Held: I have been on the BOE in Avon Lake for a four-year term and filled out the term of a previous member before running and being elected this past term. So, I have occupied this position for close to five years. …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Filing with the Board of Elections closed Aug. 10
Avon Lake’s candidate field for the Nov. 8 election is set. Aug. 10 was the final day for potential candidates to file with the Lorain County Board of Elections. Three of the races are contested. Three candidates have filed for the mayoral race, two for the Ward 1 council seat and seven candidates will run for three Avon Lake School Board seats. Avon Lake Patch will be posting information on candidates, including profiles, stories, videos and updates at its Election Central page as well as its Avon Lake Election Facebook page. Here’s the November 2011 slate of candidates: MAYOR *The winner will serve a four-year term Robert J. Berner Greg Zilka Karl “K.C.” Zuber, incumbent CITY COUNCIL (Select 1 per ward) *Each winner will serve a …