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Parents discuss Youngstown high school reorganization plan

Published: Mon, April 4, 2011 @ 9:20 p.m.

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 Vindy.com


1saysithowitiz(98 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Why is everyone in this town so resistant to change? It might be a good thing, you never know. There is no set-in-stone solution to fixing the school district's problems. The only way to fix things is to try something new and see if t works, if not, try something different. It's like going to the doctor- you describe your symptoms, he makes a recommendation based on his education and his experience and you both go from there. If you get better you never think twice, if you are still sick you go back and he tries something different.

Let's give it a shot, what has the district got to lose? Youngstown is already worst in the state in academics and just got out of fiscal emergency....why do nothing and risk staying on the bottom?

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