Youngstown BOE members suggest plans to remedy behavior problems in high schools


City school board members are concerned about behavior and discipline problems at two schools and have initiated solutions to address them.

Board member Jerome Williams expressed concerns about East High School, while board members Jacqueline Adair and Marcia Haire-Ellis voiced concerns about Programs of Progress at Wilson, an alternative school.

Wilson, where many students have social, emotional and behavioral issues, sees a high number of suspensions.

The district has tried different approaches for the students the last few years.

“We keep putting on a Band-Aid, but we’re not looking at the systematic problem,” Haire-Ellis said. “We need experts to come in and look at it and see what the problem is and see if it can be corrected.”

Adair said she planned to meet today with a social work professor at Youngstown State University to see what can be done.

Board President Richard Atkinson said that’s up to the superintendent.

“You’re getting into the responsibilities of running the schools,” he said.

Read more about the discussion in Wednesday's Vindicator or on

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