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City school board says district’s academics must improve

Published: Tue, March 26, 2013 @ 8:57 p.m.

City school board says district’s academics must improve


The city school board president acknowledges the district has realized improvements under Superintendent Connie Hathorn’s leadership, but the board wants the schools to climb out of academic watch.

“We’re still in academic watch,” Richard Atkinson said. “When I talk to parents, they say, ‘You’re still in academic watch. Why would I want to bring my child back there?’”

The majority of the school board on Monday signed an evaluation of Hathorn, rating him an overall five out of a possible score of nine. Last year, the same board members rated him a seven out of a possible nine.

Atkinson said he believes the district is moving in the right direction, but he wants to see the district earn an “excellent with distinction” rating.

“I don’t think in a year from now, we’ll even be having this conversation,” he said.

Board members Rachel Hanni, Lock P. Beachum Sr. and Michael Murphy didn’t sign the completed evaluation — which was dated Feb. 27. It was signed Monday by the board’s majority — Atkinson, Andrea Mahone, Marcia Haire-Ellis and Brenda Kimble.

“The superintendent has asked us to hold him accountable and we have,” Mahone said. “Now I’m taking a stand.”

She pointed to the academic watch rating where the district has been on the last two state report cards.

“This is not personal,” Mahone said.

Read more in Wednesday’s Vindicator.


1JoeFromHubbard(1038 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

No matter who is running the Youngstown School System is almost irrelevant when one considers what caliber of "students" with which they must work.

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2zz3(931 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Thugstown will not hold anyone accountable for anything, thats why the city is in the shape its in. If these kids do not perform hold the parents for the things they should be held accountable for!!!! If the kids not in school, simple PARENT goes to JAIL! what do you think would happen after a couple stints in lockup? How about if grades are bad if your on any kind of public assistance it will be lowered or removed until your juvenille performs which may include you making them pass or you lose your sh#t!!! Things would change but we do not want to rattle anyones cage now would we. You can teach a dog to do tricks but no trick no reward simple but effective. The way it works now: We'll give you the treat now and who cares if you ever learn a trick you'll always get treats. WOW

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3JoeFromHubbard(1038 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

@zz3 :

"simple PARENT goes to JAIL"

That would help but there is not enough space in the local jails to accomplish the task.

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4zz3(931 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

there's plenty of space use some of the closed schools!!! Their just sitting there! maybe jail for parents would be a good thing and teach some life skills and parenting skills while their in there would'nt hurt. Solved!!!

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5JoeFromHubbard(1038 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

@ zz3 :

I like your creative thinking. They spent all of that money to build new empty schools.

Put them to use!

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