Parents discuss Youngstown high school reorganization plan

YOUNGSTOWN — More than 60 parents either vented their frustration or voiced support at the first of two informational meetings about Youngstown City Schools reorganization.

Superintendent Connie Hathorn urged parents tonight to support the plan, saying change is necessary.

“We’ve got to do something different,” he said at Chaney High School on the city’s West Side. “Doing something wrong is better than doing nothing at all.”

But some parents wondered why they weren’t consulted in the decision-making process. June Drennen, school board member, said educated administrators made the decision, and that they should be trusted.

“I appreciate your master’s degree but you should appreciate some of the parents’ input — and I don’t care if it takes a year,” said resident Donna Zordich.

“We would meet to death before we came to a decision,” Hathorn answered.

The next informational meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wilson Middle School on the South Side.

Most of the parents’ concerns at Chaney dealt with the way the two high schools would provide different opportunities.

For the complete story, read Tuesday's Vindicator and

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