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Youngstown board members look at behavior at East, Wilson

Published: Wed, March 26, 2014 @ 12:08 a.m.

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By Denise Dick



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 Youngs-town 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.

Adair said she’s just going to get information that she’ll bring back to the board. The board can then decide whether to direct the superintendent to act on it.

“I don’t think, as an elected board member, I need permission to do that kind of thing,” she said.

Williams said he’s heard from members of the public concerned about behavior problems at East. He recommended formation of an East Academic Improvement Committee to address those concerns.

“We have to control the school,” Williams said. “We have to make it a safe environment for the teachers and for the students.”

The committee would include 12 people: two members each from the East administration, school board, teaching staff, student body, parents and community.

The committee’s goals as outlined in Williams’ plan would be to identify the issues/problems preventing students from obtaining academic excellence at East, prioritize the issues, brainstorm solutions and make recommendations to the school board.

Atkinson said Williams’ recommendation would be given to Superintendent Connie Hathorn to have him come up with a plan to address problems, which is in accordance with proper procedure.

In other business, the board hired Misha Scott as principal for the new Discovery School at Volney, a program set to open next year. Scott, an assistant principal at East, begins her new position Tuesday. The annual salary is $80,081, which will be prorated at $21,209 this school year.


1retiredsoldier(6 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Behavior problems, it is not it is about holding the kids responsible for thier actions. We served detentions after school but with so many of the kids being bussed that is inpossible. Since i have been back here i have seen to many adults condone inapproopiate behavior that the kids display. Espicially the inner city kids. They dont know no other way because they dont know alternatives. I understand this because many of these kids parents act the same way. So a barrier is built between teacher and paren, so many of the parents dont know how to hold that life chanhing conversation that could help the child progress.

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2Millerh113(217 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

The committee will be formed; the committee will meet; the committee will fade away meanwhile nothing will change at East and Wilson.

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3handymandave(578 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

The problem is discipline. The kids don't receive it at home and are not allowed to have their butts smacked at school.

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4kimohnai22(1 comment)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I believe kids in this area would benefit from several kinds of scarred strait programs some parents are lost but other have exhausted all avenues of disapline. At this point what is there to do i raised three great productive adults i have had custody of my niece since she was 11 sht took me through. Well i tried everything and finally i took her downtown put a sign on her that said my name is Ayana and i will clean up the streets of youngstown until i clean up my behavior at home and in school. On the back my mom is Kimberly and she is unsatisfied with my behavio . And attitude we were even on the news but she only changed when i told her i would get her out of school early and make he do the same cleaning at school while her peers were leaving school she changed but now just turning 16 she is back to behaviour problems for the last 4 to 5 weeks ran away making almost straight f`s in school ect. I've been to Police emergency room d and e counseling and belmont pines it's. Enough to drive a perent crazy but NO i took everything away but her school books. There are no more friends no activities and hope i dont have to make her clean up in front of her school. But if that's what it takes i am willingto embrace myself by doing that more than she is willing to embrace me acting and behaving the way she has been scarred straight needs to be in youngstown.

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5Silence_Dogood(1675 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Best of luck to you kinohnai22

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6Roger_Thornhill(1068 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Garbage in, garbage out.

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