Mohip flexes HB70 power

By Amanda Tonoli


Krish Mohip, Youngstown City School District CEO, flexed the power allotted to him by House Bill 70 in announcing the start of a nationwide search for principals for Chaney and East high schools.

Monday night’s announced shake-up is the latest in a multiyear string of principal musical chairs at the high schools.

HB 70 enables the Youngstown district’s CEO to lead the schools with state-appointed academic distress commission oversight. Both are now in place in the city.

Mohip said during his Monday CEO update meeting that anyone is open to apply to the position and nothing is decided as far as the staffs’ movements.

“The principals are still under contract, and we are not terminating those contracts,” he said.

Currently, Joe Krumpak and Denise Vaclav-Danko preside over Chaney and East, respectively.

Both schools have histories of multiple principals in just a few years.

Chaney is now on its fifth principal since the 2014-15 school year.

Krumpak replaced Sharon McDonald-Butler, who was hired for the 2013-14 school year. McDonald-Butler replaced S. Diane Rollins, who resigned in July 2012, citing personal reasons. Rollins was replaced by Richard Gozur in February 2012. Gozur replaced Erik Thorson in 2011.

At East, Vaclav-Danko replaced Tryvan Leech in February 2016, who replaced Holly Seimetz in 2015.

Neither Vaclov-Danko nor Krumpak could be reached for comment.

In other school district news, Colleen Murphy-Penk, transportation supervisor, announced to the crowd of more than 50 people – a large size for a district meeting – the purchase of six 84-passenger buses for about $87,000 each.

“It puts more students on buses, lessening routes,” she said.

Joseph Meranto, Choffin Career and Technical Center adult education administrator, announced more students also are getting access to Google Chromebooks per the district – and Mohip’s – 1:1 initiative.

“This way, all students will have access to Chromebooks at all times of the day,” he said.

The Chromebooks are not being paid for by the district, but by outside funding.

In addition, other outside funding, the Choffin Trust Fund, is paying for a new double-sided sign to announce all of the good things going on at Choffin, Meranto said.

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