Youngstown schools chief calls it quits

YOUNGSTOWN — Wendy E. Webb dropped a bombshell at tonight’s city school board meeting.

The superintendent of the city schools since 2004 said she intends to retire as of Jan. 1, 2011, after 35 years of service in the district.

The announcement clearly caught board members by surprise, and Webb confirmed she hadn’t told the board about her plans before publicly reading her letter of retirement during the board meeting.

Anthony Catale, board president, said the first he learned of the superintendent’s plan waswhen she read her letter. There has been no board discussion regarding any leadership change for the district, he noted.

“It was a complete surprise,” said Lock P. Beachum Sr., a longtime board member. “She has served the district well.”

She will be leaving with about seven months left on her $122,500-a-year contract.

For the complete story, see Wednesday's Vindicator and

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