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Date remains with wrecking ball for Northwood Middle School

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ELYRIA — Despite interest from a charter school in the soon-to-be-demolished Northwood Middle School, the Elyria Board of Education still intends to demolish it with funds provided by the state, Board President Kevin Brubaker said Wednesday.

Representing the Rapha Academy, Gwendolyn Gilmore of Elyria briefly addressed the board’s meeting on Tuesday and expressed her interest in acquiring a building in Elyria to open a charter school.

Gilmore said Northwood, on Gulf Road, would make a good location and that she had previously notified the board of that as far back as March of this year. Her school currently has 150 children enrolled, employs 25 adults, and features an eight-week summer camp for students.

A longtime Elyria resident and former schools employee, Gilmore said her school could “complement what you’re doing here” in Elyria City Schools.

And though it currently is in Lorain, “I would prefer to be here in Elyria, which is my home.”

The board said it would take Gilmore’s interest under advisement. Brubaker said after the meeting that the still intends to demolish the school, though that could change if board members desire.

In other business:

  • Doug Doss presented challenge coins to board members, commemorating 9/11 and Operating Enduring Freedom, which kicked off the Global War on Terror in October 2001.
    Doss, a member of the Elyria High School Class of 1981 and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and Dana Bowman, a North Ridgeville native, parachuted into Mercy Health Field at Ely Stadium on Oct. 19 to help dedicate the new sports complex.
    Challenge coins typically are given as gifts by military personnel or units to commemorate events or as mementos of visits.
  • The board accepted $2,200 in donations from three donors to the Denise Hess Scholarship Fund at Windsor Elementary School.
    Hess, a Windsor Elementary social studies teacher, died in September 2016. Her memorial scholarship fund provides money for eighth-graders to offset the cost of their annual trip to Washington, D.C.
    The board also accepted a donation of 44 winter coats from the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary in Elyria for students in need in the district.
Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.
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