Special education director reviews programs with school board

By Kevin Smith Special needs improvements were discussed in a presentation at a May 2019 Vermilion Board of Education meeting which included Little Anchors Preschool, school counseling services, highlights in pupil services, and future goals for the district. Karen Blackburn, the special education director for Vermilion Local Schools, broke down the statistics at the meeting.Continue reading “Special education director reviews programs with school board”

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Superintendent Pempin makes clear statements about school and bus safety

By Melanie Williamson The Vermilion School Board of Education met on Monday, May 13, for a regular meeting. Following the Vermilion Elementary School citizens of the month being recognized, the board started with the student liaison report. Summer Camps Nancy Mitchel and Jim Balotta spoke to the board about two summer camps opportunities that willContinue reading “Superintendent Pempin makes clear statements about school and bus safety”

Vermilion Local Schools District Treasurer provides financial overview

 By Melanie Williamson At the Monday, April 15, board of education meeting, Treasurer Justin Klingshirn provided those in attendance with a four-page overview of district finances. In this report, it is stated that the recently passed five-year additional tax levy for safety and security will produce $301,594 annually, which is restricted to only being usedContinue reading “Vermilion Local Schools District Treasurer provides financial overview”

To the winner of the Vermilion-Firelands rivalry goes – The Stillman Cup

By Candace Barczyk Andrew Stillman has been the athletic director at Vermilion since 2015. A year later, his brother, Ty, became the athletic director at Firelands. Out of the friendly rivalry between brothers was born the Stillman Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the athletic battles between the two schools at the endContinue reading “To the winner of the Vermilion-Firelands rivalry goes – The Stillman Cup”

School board receives update on healthcare partnership, student activities

By Melanie Williamson The Vermilion Local Schools Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Monday, February 11. All school board members were in attendance along with district Treasure Justin Klingshirn and superintendent Phil Pempin. During the meeting, the board heard presentations from Sailorway Middle School students regarding a new recycling club that hasContinue reading “School board receives update on healthcare partnership, student activities”

Administrators and SRO respond quickly to threat of violence at Sailorway

By Melanie Williamson On Tuesday, October 23, Sailorway Middle School students, teachers, and administrators were preparing to participate in a district-wide evacuation drill, which involved every student leaving the school and walking to a secondary location. This type of drill requires a great deal of preparation and practice to ensure that in the event ofContinue reading “Administrators and SRO respond quickly to threat of violence at Sailorway”

School Zone

 By Superintendent Philip Pempin This article, titled “Manufacturing is Not Necessarily a Dirty Job and Someone Will Be Paid Well to Do It” is written by Steve Gratz for “Extra Credit”, the official blog of the Ohio Department of Education.  Dr. Gratz is senior executive director of the Center for Student Support and Education Options atContinue reading “School Zone”

Vermilion students enjoy benefits of free afterschool program

By Melanie Williamson Through a grant, the Vermilion Local School District has been able to provide a free afterschool program for students at the elementary and middle schools in cooperation with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County started in 1999 and is now the largestContinue reading “Vermilion students enjoy benefits of free afterschool program”

Five-year financial forecast shows district spending in the red starting in 2019

By Candace Barczyk The Vermilion Local School District is currently in good financial shape, however, treasurer Justin Klingshirn reported to board members at their Monday, Oct. 8 meeting that the district in the future will have to cut expenditures, add revenue, or both, to be fiscally solvent. The board approved the district’s five-year forecast asContinue reading “Five-year financial forecast shows district spending in the red starting in 2019”

Marketing director says schools have story to tell

By Candace Barczyk The Vermilion Local School District and its students have something to say, and according to Marketing/Communications Director Jason Sockel, his job at the district is to get that message out. Supt. Phil Pempin introduced Sockel, who was hired several months ago in the new position for the board of education, at itsContinue reading “Marketing director says schools have story to tell”