Elyria Board of Education member Evelyn France resigned from the Board of Education on April 1 citing health reasons. France was not present at the meeting but board president Kathryn Karpus read France's letter of resignation in which she thanked the board and community for the opportunity to serve the Elyria Schools for nearly 20 years. Board member Mike Gebhardt also read a statement from France conveying her support for Tom Jama as superintendent of Elyria Schools. France's resignation is effective May 1, 2015.
The board will open an application process for candidates interested in filling the vacancy left by France's resignation. Applications will be available through the Treasurer’s Office April 15 through April 29.
The board will meet when the application process closes to review applications and make a decision in May. The term of this seat ends on January 1, 2016. To retain the seat, the appointed candidate must be successful in November's special election.
The Elyria Board of Education has selected its next chief of schools: Dr. Thomas Jama.
The Board appointed Jama as assistant superintendent at tonight's board meeting as part of a succession plan that will see Jama continue as Elyria High School's principal through the end of this school year and progress to the superintendent's seat as early as April 15 in an assistant role to Superintendent Rigda.
Rigda is slated to retire on July 31. During the next several months he will facilitate Jama's transition from principal to superintendent. The first challenge the duo will face is to find the right leader for Elyria High School. Jama will officially take the helm of Elyria Schools on August 1.
"After weighing all the factors and looking at many strong candidates, we believe the best decision is that which has been expressed by the community, to appoint Tom Jama as superintendent through a succession plan approved by the board," said Karpus. "We respect the place he's earned in Elyria and in the trust he's established as a proven leader in our schools.
"Tom has deep roots here and strong community connections. He is beloved by the students, trusted by parents and residents of Elyria, and highly regarded by his peers and by leaders of this community. The value all this cannot be overstated."
The Board of Education met March 30 in executive session with the Ohio School Boards Association to further discuss the superintendent position and to reach consensus on next steps. During the meeting, the board invited Jama in to candidly discuss the superintendent position and to gauge his interest. After the conversation, the board believed strongly his appointment would be what's best for the district.
"After conducting a thorough search process, it was important for the board to have the opportunity to come together in making this decision," said Steve Horton, OSBA search consultant. "I'm pleased the board has reached a decision they are truly comfortable with and are ready to move forward."
Jama said it's a privilege to lead the district in the city he calls home.
"I am honored to have this title and this responsibility in Elyria Schools and I'm looking forward to working with the board," Jama said. "I love this city and its people and our school district and its kids, and I couldn't be prouder than to be superintendent. This community continually shows its support of its kids and schools and I couldn't ask for more than that."
Open Enrollment applications for the 2015 -2016 school year must be submitted to the Superintendent’s office by April 24, 2015. A separate application must be submitted for each student. Applications must be resubmitted annually for any currently approved open-enrolled student. Applications will be acted upon no later than June 1, 2015. You can access the Open Enrollment application here. Please refer to the Elyria City Schools policy concerning open enrollment guidelines, or contact the Pupil Services office at 440-284-8246.
Monthly movies in the Performing Arts Center at Elyria High School are free and family friendly! Children attending the movies will be eligible for a door prize drawing. Check out the Saturday Morning Movies schedule here.
April 11, 2015 – Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. This animated film is 88 minutes in length and is rated PG.
May 23, 2015 (NEW DATE) – Check back for movie title
June 20, 2015 – Check back for movie title
Please remember no food or drink is permitted in the Performing Arts Center. If you have questions, please contact theater director Jim Nichols, firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t miss the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra in Concert on May 12 at the EHS Performing Arts Center. The concert is a special event by Wesleyan Senior Living. The fun begins at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here or call Wesleyan Senior Living Ticket Line at 440-284-9728.
Ely student, Lailah Furcron won the local level of the Future competition with her Fruit Wrap. The theme for the competition this year was healthy snacks.