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1. Controversy continues to surround Lorain school takeover

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    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy Jr. speaks to those in attendance at Southview Middle School on Thursday evening during a town hall meeting.

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    Lorain City Schools CEO David Hardy Jr. speaks during a community forum held on Tuesday evening, October 2 at Lorain High School for parents, students and other community members

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    Lorain City Schools CEO David Hardy Jr. speaks during a community forum held on Tuesday evening, October 2 at Lorain High School for parents, students and other community members

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    Lorain City Schools CEO David Hardy Jr. speaks during a community forum held on Tuesday evening, October 2 at Lorain High School for parents, students and other community members

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    Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy, left, and Cleveland Browns players James Burgess Jr., Josh Gordon and T.J. Carrie dedicate the new turf at George Daniel Field on Friday.

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    Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy gave a presentation to the public Thursday evening regarding the steps that are being taken by the district's administration.

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    Lorain Schoools CEO David Hardy, right and Tony Richardson listen to attendees speak at the Lorain Academic Distress Commission meeting at General Johnnie Wilson Middle School on June 18.

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    David Hardy, CEO of Lorain City Schools, speaks to the public gathered at Lorain High School for the last townhall meeting of the 2017-2018 school year on Thursday, June 14.

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    Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy speaks to the public gathered at Lorain High School for the last townhall meeting of the 2017-18 school year on Thursday.

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    David Hardy, Lorain City Schools CEO, gave a presentation to the public on Thursday evening, February 8 regarding the steps that are being taken by the District's administration.

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    CEO of Lorain City School District David Hardy Jr. hosted a town hall meeting at Southview Middle School, in Lorain, on Thursday evening, May 10.

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    Lorain City Schools CEO David Hardy Jr. speaks at Dedication Day for new turf at George Daniel Field Apr. 17.

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    David Hardy,CEO of the Lorain School District, speaks at a town hall at Lorain City Hall April 12.

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    Lorain City School District CEO David Hardy Jr. gives an update about the status of the school district during a town hall meeting held at Longfellow Middle School on Thursday evening, March 8.

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    The public gathered at the Lorain City Hall council chambers to watch as David Hardy, Lorain City Schools CEO, gave a presentation on Thursday evening, February 8 regarding the steps that are being taken by the District's administration.

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    David Hardy, Lorain City Schools CEO, gave a presentation to the public on Thursday evening, February 8 regarding the steps that are being taken by the District's administration.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Lorain CIty Schools CEO David Hardy speaks at a Lorain Schools Town Hall meeting at Lorain South Branch Library on Jan. 11.

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    David Hardy Jr, CEO, Lorain Public Schools, speaks to moderator Mike McIntyre of WCPN, at the Sound of Ideas Education Forum at Lorain Public Library on Sept. 28.

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    David Hardy, CEO of Lorain City Schools, answers questions regarding his strategic plan on Wednesday evening at Lorain High School's auditorium.

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    Lorain resident Martha Pye asks questions of school CEO David Hardy at an event at Harrison Cultural Center on Tuesday.

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This year Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy continued to remake the district since he was hired last year to revitalize the district following a state takeover.

Despite the changes implemented, including bringing back some advanced placement classes, under Hardy’s leadership so far, the district continued to receive a failing grade on state report cards.

The ongoing fight between Hardy and the elected school board, which has long been critical of the takeover, also continued throughout the year. Hardy has refused to meet with the board, which has refused to put a levy on the ballot, given Hardy a “no confidence vote and joined a lawsuit challenging the law that allowed the state takeover.

Several other controversies, including the hiring of new administrators and turnaround principals, fears over whether the district will become a charter school network (Hardy has said that’s not his plan), the handling of former principals’ employment status and changes to the grading system also plagued the district through the year.


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