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Chaney High gets a waiver day to address discipline problems

Published: Wed, December 15, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.


Youngstown City Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn

By Denise Dick



The incoming superintendent of the city schools plans a meeting with all Chaney High School personnel to devise a plan for discipline enforcement.

The Ohio Department of Education granted the district a waiver day for Chaney on Tuesday, meaning there will be no school for students. Teachers, administrators and staff will meet to develop the plan that day.

Recent fights, threats, bullying and gang influence at the school led Connie Hathorn, who will take over as school superintendent Jan. 1, to request the waiver day.

“What’s been happening is unacceptable,” he said.

Anthony Catale, school-board president, said a committee several months ago examined the district discipline policies. It determined that while the board policy on discipline and the student code of conduct are adequate, there was a lack of consistent enforcement.

Hathorn said he plans to meet Monday with Chaney students.

“We want to create a student council to come up with rewards for good behavior,” he said.

He then plans to meet with parents at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3 to discuss the plan.

In a letter to school-board members, Hathorn outlined steps taken to address concerns at the school. They include meeting with central-office administrators, Chaney’s principal, chief of security, the Youngstown Education Association president and other administrators, and identifying areas of concerns that have affected the school climate.

“I am confident that doing something even if it is wrong is better than not doing anything at all,” the letter said.

Hathorn sent a separate letter detailing the steps to parents of Chaney students.

“It is my responsibility to ensure that all students and staff are provided a safe and orderly environment for high-quality teaching and learning to occur,” he wrote. “As superintendent, I will not tolerate any behavior by students that interferes with the education of our students.”


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I can remember when Chaney was a nice suburban school.

A day off to discuss problems?!?!?

How about expel the trash causing the problems?

Thugs are in control now apparently.

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2madman(50 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

You are 100 % right 1970mach1.Thay need to go back to the old way of doing things not this new thing but its that way all over the city .thay let them do what ever thay like thats why we have the problems we have today

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3Photoman(1249 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Rewards for good behavior? All these years I thought good behavior was demanded! The goal, as I see it, is simply to give students the best education possible with the best tools available in their given situation. Any student impeding that goal must be removed. Let's get off of this psychological-social crap and go forward to the original goal.

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4mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Does the new super really know what he has gotten himself into? I doubt it.

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5redeye1(5683 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Sotired Why should the public have to pay for such a school? If your kids are trouble maker the parents should be held responsible for the costs of such a school. No, if and or buts, if they don't pay, lets put them in jail. Something like they have in Arizona, a tent city type. Not a lavious jail they they go to now.

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6ytown_kills_me(67 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

great so they get a day off to terrorize the neighborhood...GREAT planning...just close it down and send 'em all to choffin...that way they'll be close to the juvi center....they have destroyed the west side since the merger of schools...and our property values continue to go down with that school open...oh and i still love how the board was able to buy schenley park for a dollar and screw that street up daily.....why did they ever put that school there and not on the land it was which is now vacant...oh that right it'll probably be sold to another charter school we can gripe about...lol

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7UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

There is little hope for Chaney now that it is no longer a white middle working class neighborhood high school like it was back in the 1950's - 1970's. It has now become part of the urban problem that plagues Youngstown.

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8ValleyNative(174 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Ah, it will take me a while to accept that it's a man when I hear the name "Connie"

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9Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Why does this surprise anyone. These animals don't care about nothing. Its a shame for the ones that want a education to have to put up with these fools.

photoman - agree 100%
mrrjytown - agree 100%

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10justonevoice(94 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I used to be a proud graduate of Chaney High School. Class of 80. What happened to this school makes me physically ill. And seriously? A "waiver" day (one MORE day off) for a meeting? Seriously? This is what THEY WANT! You don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure this out! Wow! Misbehave? Longer vacation! Excellent!

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11mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

A poor and weak administration is a big part of the problem. I have some friends who are teachers in Y-town and they say that they don't see any changes happening anytime soon.

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