Struggling Lorain School District hires new CEO (as opposed to new superintendent)

LORAIN, OH (WOIO) - Lorain Public Schools are under distress. That's not something any parent wants to hear, but now the state has taken over in an attempt to improve the failing district.

"I think it's going to take a community effort," said Tony Richardson, chair of the Academic Distress Commission.

The commission voted Monday night on hiring a new CEO of the district, David Hardy, Jr., as opposed to a new superintendent.

"I'm hoping he'll be able to focus on the instructional core, look at what's going on between students, teachers, assessments," Richardson said.

Angel Arroyo, a Lorain City Council member, supports Hardy.

"Until Mr. Hardy makes a decision that doesn't go smooth with the community, I ask the community to support him," she said.

Arroyo is also a parent in the district.

"Until we see what their plan is, we don't know. We will continue to send our children to school," she said.

What can parents expect this school year? Richardson says there won't be any immediate dramatic changes. He said any changes that will be made will be made with community involvement.

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