McNally to file Mon.
Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally is expected to announce his candidacy for the mayor’s office. He told The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, 21 WFMJ-TV, he will make the official announcement Monday morning when he files a petition to run in the May primary. McNally has served as county commissioner for eight years.
8th in charter schools
A national charter school group lists the city school district No. 8 in the country of districts serving the highest percentage of public charter school students. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which releases its seventh annual report this morning, said 25 percent of city school students attend public charter schools. That ties Youngstown with Indianapolis Public, Roosevelt Schools in Arizona and Toledo Public Schools.
“Whether in cities, towns or rural communities, parents and teachers are collaborating to offer innovative options in the public school system to meet students’ needs,” Nina S. Rees, president and CEO of the NAPCS, said in a news release. “The increase in public charter school enrollment in all types of communities across America shows that parent demand for school options continues to grow.”
Family of the Year
The Public Children Services Association of Ohio honored Peppi McGhee and his 4-year-old son, Elijah, of Warren as this year’s Family of the Year. The honor came at the association’s annual conference last month in Columbus. The McGhees were nominated by Trumbull County Children Services. Every year, Ohio’s 88 children services agencies submit their nominations. The award honors birth families that have successfully stayed together or those who have overcome problems and had their children returned to them. “He successfully fought for and retained custody of Elijah in 2011,” said Kathy Heagerty, a Children Services case worker. “It’s incredible to see a father in our local system engaged in his child’s life.”
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