Teacher Pulled From Lake Dies, CMSD CEO Has New Contract, Italian American Festival

The teacher who was pulled from Lake Erie at Huntington Beach on Monday has died from her injuries. 46-year-old Laura Recco of Independence died at St. John West Shore. The student Recco was trying to help, nine-year-old Diamond Harris, remains hospitalized at Rainbow. Diamond and Laura were at the beach with other classmates and teachers from the Hopewell Day Treatment Program in Cleveland. Witnesses say lifeguard Christian Perarchick and a man at the beach with his family heard a swimmer screaming for help, and jumped into the lake to help. The Good Samaritan, Navy veteran Clint Kranes, was first to find Diamond and brought her onto the beach. Kranes also helped pull Laura out. According to ODNR, a swimming advisory was in effect at the beach at the time of the incident.

Tuesday night, the Cleveland Board of Education voted to extend Eric S. Gordon's contract as Chief Executive Officer through June 2015. Gordon previously served CMSD as its Chief Academic Officer from 2007 to 2011. After a national search produced three finalists from outside the district in its search for a CEO last year, the Board by-passed the top candidates for CEO and awarded a one-year contract to Gordon in June, 2011. At the time, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Board Chair Denise Link stated that Gordon, more than any candidate in the national search, had demonstrated the requisite academic and leadership skills needed to carry the District forward in the second year of its 5-year Academic Transformation Plan. In his first year as CEO, Gordon championed system-wide reforms and worked closely with Mayor Jackson, teachers, citizens and legislators to remove contractual and legal barriers that prevented CMSD from bringing transformation to scale in Cleveland. After months of advocacy in Cleveland and in Columbus, Governor John Kasich will sign Cleveland's Plan for Transforming Schools into law in early July.

12th annual Italian American Festival Summer Festival at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea! A three day celebration of Italian Culture and Heritage where Italian-Americans come together to share customs and traditions with the community at large. This fun-filled family event will take place Friday, June 29 thru Sunday, July 1. Click here for more information.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager