Mohip defends comments

Mohip still raises specter of charter-school takeover

By Amanda Tonoli


Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip has walked back comments about his – and the district’s – future he apparently made during a private meeting this week.

“Mohip said, ‘There is a 60 percent chance I won’t be here next year and 90 percent chance Youngstown [schools] will be turned into a charter school district by then,’” said Jackie Adair, school board member, during Tuesday evening’s regular meeting.

Adair said she received the information from a source who attended a private principals’ meeting Monday.

Mohip told district spokeswoman Denise Dick he said something along those lines in a “heat-of-the-moment discussion,” but was unsure of his exact wording and the percents he mentioned.

“The meeting was about holding people [school staff] accountable and following the strategic plan,” Mohip relayed through Dick. “If that doesn’t happen, charter [schools] will come in, and I’m not going to stick around for that. [Having charters come in] would be the ultimate failure.”

He insisted he does believe if things in the district don’t improve by “adhering to the strategic plan” that charter schools will be brought in by the state, and not by him.

Mohip, whose three-year contract is set to end July 31, 2019, was put in place by House Bill 70, commonly referred to as the Youngs-town Plan, which was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich in July 2015.

It enabled a state-appointed academic distress commission to hire a CEO to lead the district. The bill gives Mohip complete operational, managerial and instructional control. He refers to the elected school board as an advisory board.

Youngstown is the first school district in Ohio that has fallen under the auspices of HB 70.

Mohip will convene a regular CEO Public Update meeting at 5 p.m. today in the commons area at Choffin Career and Technical Center, 200 E. Wood St.

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