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Lorain City Schools appoint interim CEO

Posted at 10:43 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 23:17:27-05

LORAIN, Ohio — Hope filled the Lorain High School auditorium Wednesday night.

"Today is the day we get to set the reset button, we're not looking in the rear view mirror we're just looking through the windshield," said Lorain School Board President Mark Ballard.

The Academic distress Commission and the Lorain City School board announced their pick for interim CEO of the district, Greg Ring.

Ring has lots of ties to Lorain, including acting as the CEO of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County.

"Good things are happening in the school district, I think we can make them even better things happening in the future," said Ring.

He already has some plans for the district.

"Probably do a staffing audit. I think that will hep me to understand the staffing levels from teachers, administrators and so forth," said Ring.

Ring says he also needs to work on next years budget and he's not ruling out potential cuts.

"I think that's always a possibility, when you're starting to get into expending more dollars than what you're bringing in," he said.

Some parents are excited about the change.

"I have one in elementary and one in middle, and just the way things have been so chaotic and scary in the schools, to have somebody new now to know that we can move forward," said Erica Bryant.

After the state took over Lorain City Schools, they appointed David Hardy Jr. as CEO in 2017.

His contract was set to expire next summer, but he and the board came to an agreement that he would leave in January.

Ring says as of right now, he's not applying for the position full time, but he will help find someone permanent.

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