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Parents in Lorain finally get to have their voices heard to address issues within the district

Posted at 11:30 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 11:30:06-05

CLEVELAND — Parents in Lorain gathered at a school board meeting Monday to let their voices be heard after they couldn't ask questions about the failing state reports cards at a town hall meeting earlier in January.

During the meeting, parents finally had their voices heard and addressed a few concerns. Some said the science books need to be updated and the number of counselors working in the schools need to be increased.

"I'm not sure why everything has to be so controversial, when all he needs to do is be transparent and answers the questions," said one parent at the meeting.

"We as a board felt that it was important for us to allow them that time in our board of education meeting," said Tony Dimacchia, vice president of the Lorain Board of Education.

Mayor Chase Ritenauer said if the board of education, the academic distress committee and the CEO worked together, the district would pulls itself out of this crisis.

"I can't say I'm surprised by anything I heard tonight, its a microcosm of what I hear in the community," he said.

Earlier in January, the Lorain School District advertised a meeting as a town hall, but CEO David Hardy showed Powerpoint presentations and handed out worksheets. Parents were not allowed to ask many questions.