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Catale to run for city council

Published: Thu, December 16, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.

RELATED: Councilwoman Righetti officially resigns


Youngstown City School Board president Anthony Catale

By Denise Dick



The president of the city school board plans to make a run for another political office.

Anthony Catale, who is in his first term on the school board and his second year as president, announced during his president’s report at a board meeting Wednesday his plans to run for the city’s 5th Ward council seat. That seat is held by Paul Drennen, whose mother, June, is a school-board member.

Catale’s board term expires at the end of 2011, and he doesn’t plan to seek re-election. The term for the council seat begins in January 2012.

He said there hasn’t been much of a working relationship between the city and the school district, and he hopes to rectify that if he’s elected to the city-council post.

Catale said that the district has accomplished a lot in the last three years, pointing to $35 million in cuts and changes in instruction that are being implemented.

A new superintendent is taking over at the beginning of 2011, and the district is emerging from fiscal emergency, he said.

“I think the foundation is laid to help rebuild the city school system,” Catale said.

Research indicates that social problems all begin with the school system, he said.

“If the schools are not performing, there will be higher unemployment,” Catale said. “If there’s high unemployment, there will be a higher poverty rate, and with a higher poverty rate, you have a higher crime rate. It all starts with the schools.”

He said he was prompted by phone calls from residents to seek the council seat.

The board president also used his report to take issue with some of the comments made by Gov.-elect John Kasich, who takes over Jan. 1.

Kasich has reportedly used the city schools as an example of public-education money that’s spent outside the classroom.

Before the election, Kasich said that the district spends $13,000 per student, but only $7,000 per pupil of that makes it into the classroom.

But Catale said the district spends about $9,219 per pupil. Kasich’s figures don’t take into account how much money the district distributes to charter and community schools.

When a city-school student opts to attend a charter or community school, the state funding follows.

In fiscal year 2010, more than $28 million went to charter and community schools with an additional $2 million spent on transportation to those schools.

“I would invite Gov.-Elect Kasich to come to Youngstown, to tour our buildings, to meet our teachers and staff and to talk about ways of improving public education instead of creating more charter and community schools,” Catale said.


1Nunya(1356 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Stop the madness

Since this guy has no shame, remorse or decency to look beyond self serving personal profit values. I'm going to address this with the unblemished candor that would be a travesty if it's not stated.

Which is to state that this { He } is exactly what it looks and sounds like. When a non qualified no count sets sail to live off fleecing the public funds troth and care less about what it costs the region. Where to be rationale playing on a sense of legalities. You can't fault the guy for taking any and every nickel that he could possibly milk out of the city under the guise of services rendered employment.

But you certainly can and absolutely have to recognize { and fault him }. In a sense of accountability for him refusing to heed that he's been nothing less than dysfunctionally disastrous.

Where not to demean him personally, but professionally it's unquestionably clear. That the guy is a product of the good old boy nepotism connection. That's absolutely robbed and ruined Youngstown of functionality. For which he has a indefensible resume and intolerable financial ledger to prove it.

Where in his case he presents and represents the end results of his employment. Has rendered the city schools the absolute worst in both the history of the cities existence and the entire nation. Now he proclaims he's setting his cites on ensnaring more taxpayer money to pose as representing a ward of the populous,.. unreal.

Granted it's respected he has the right to present his candidacy for the position. But anybody that would seek, accept, support or tolerate that kind of representation. Has to be thee most imbecilic collection of individuals known to mankind..

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21970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Let's just assume Catale is right and Kasich is wrong. $9,200 per student is insane. You could spend $100,000 per student, but if thugs are running the schools, like they obviously are at Chaney, then it really does not matter any more.

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3Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh, I wish one of YOU guys in here would run! I think if you did, everything would be solved within 72 hours! Please, please, please put your public persons where your online mouths are and DO something instead of just blathering away in this echo chamber.

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4Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Nunya, you're ridiculous. You have blamed every fault of the schools on one man. You really think one guy creates and maintains all those problems? Really? You're delusional.

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5Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm not saying he's the right man for the job either. I'm saying that you're delusional for heaping every problem in the city school system on one person. Puh-leaze. You reveal your reasoning skills to be sub-par.

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6goodwinM81(2 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh No! How will his girlfriend know how to vote now? This guy is such a jerk. The Youngstown Schools are awful because they have awful people running them. I agree with Nunya.

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7piak(508 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I am saddened to read about this. The story about the head of the School Board being interested in running for political office is the starting point. Yet, we all have heard what the problems really are, that interfere with raising the grades of the schools' students.

The real changes need to be made by the people themselves. The kids, from what I've heard, come to school poorly fed, poorly prepared to study and not really given the support/encouragement to study. Add some disruptive students to the mix and you have the reasons why there is such a mess in the schools.

What works against a solution to the problem is the poverty most of these people live in and the lack of encouragement to the kids to study. Often, in a single parent home, that parent is doing all possible to keep the family fed and still do what they can to keep them going. After school, the kids are at liberty to be influenced by the street gangs and influence over them is what they have, more than the teachers and their parent(s) have. This culture dooms students to failure.

What's sad is among these students/kids, whatever you want to call them, could be a mind that if properly encouraged might get the education that might lead him/her to college and someday, down the line, that student might make a significant contribution to society. As they say, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste". Everyone of these children who are failing students or sub-par students are a loss to society. Improperly motivated to criminal activities, they add to society's troubles.

The students must be taught discipline, both at home and in school; an internal discipline that will serve and guide them during their lifetimes. All a School Board can do is provide a framework and the means for a school to operate; the school can only provide the means of learning to those students who really want more out of life than what they are going to achieve under these circumstances that exist. The need to learn is vital! Kids can't all escape poverty by being athletes; there are only so many sports and so many teams that are available to them. Hanging with the gang, doing and dealing drugs is usually a one-way, dead end street.

Change has to come to save these kids, but no school board can do it alone. They need the parent or parents to be seriously involved. Lacking that, all Mr Catale's in the county can be elected to city council and the school board, but nothing will change.

It's a bleak picture...but it doesn't need to be. It can be changed. Will there be an effort? I hope there is.

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8leftyompton4life(79 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

None of you asses know him personally from what I am reading.

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9jshaughnessy(1 comment)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

You people are the most ignorant people there are. All your bull crap comments and have know back bone to post your name with the comments. And for the one with Texas comment they do not want you there you public creep. I know who you are and your just full of comments and drunk every day.. And Anthony been there a couple of years and the school district has been screwed up well before he got there. And he has improved it 100% he got levies passed he got a new super. And they make know money you jack asses.
And for goodwin M81 your the freakin jerk
Losers never win you definitely have yourself pegged and where ever you go I that you drop deeper in your hellhole ass.

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