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Youngstown schools superintendent moves two principals

Published: Wed, August 31, 2011 @ 4:05 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The school year just started for the city schools, but there’s already a shake up within the administration.

Two principals, Wanda Clark of Williamson Elementary School and Artemus Scissum of P. Ross Berry Eighth and Ninth Grade Academy, have been removed from their posts.

Superintendent Connie Hathorn said that Scissum has been moved to an assistant principal position at East High School.

Cinthia Christoff, formerly an assistant at East, has been moved into the principal post at Berry.

“With Wanda Clark, her [principal] certificate has expired,” Hathorn said.

The certificate expired June 30 and Clark didn’t get it renewed. Principal certificates expire every five years.

Hathorn said Clark can apply for renewal, but the Williamson position has been filled with Dorothy Davis, formerly an assistant principal at University Project Learning Center.

Clark has been moved to a guidance counselor position at UPLC.

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1livevalley(23 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

If Wanda Clark is reappointed or uses the union or an atty. to get her job back she should be tar and feathered. ANY PRINCIPLE that cannot remember to get the proper classes in so the retain their job is NOT QUALIFIED to be in that post. That is a disgrace and there is no excuse, illness, family whatever she had 5 years.

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2FormerWestsider(23 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago


Before you judge someone (Wanda Clarke), know the situation. I understand that you feel she should not get her post back but "tarred and feathered?" Really? Once she files the paperwork, she has just as much of a right to have an available principal's position as anyone else. There were no instances of misconduct or poor job performance. Life happens. Get over it.

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3300(573 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

How could she use the union? She's administrative, that means that she IS NOT union.

How many times does it need to be pointed out to people that these administrators, who are usually the ones double-dipping, are not union members. Why do you think that so many are supporters of SB5? It means more money and power to them, at the expense of the union workers in the classroom.

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4walter_sobchak(2727 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

It is "PRINCIPAL" not "PRINCIPLE". The principal is my "pal". Now, if Clark has allowed her certificate to expire, she obviously must not be real interested in being a principal. However, to not have schedules completed by the start of the semester, as the whole article states, is malfeasence by administration. This is what principals are supposed to do in the summer. Maybe the school shake-up has had something to do with it, especially at the jr-hi level.

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5cozmo(32 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Wanda Clark is an excellent principal, end of story. Regardless her certificate was mailed from the state the first day of school, so you cant say she didnt have it in time. Education has become a beurocracy where all that matters is making whats on paper look good and not education at the root which is building relationships and turning out good citizens economically and socially. Wanda got the shaft but none the less Gods will be done. Unfortunately not only did Wanda get the shaft but also the students staff and community of williamson.

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