There are various reasons for poverty including mental health issues, drug abuse or both. Many children in Y-town schools have no food security, housing security, or parental security. Throwing money at technology and STEM initiatives is not what inner city schools need to improve performance.
They need to start now at the pre-K and elementary levels with meals (they already provide two a day, but many children may not get a third meal from their home), counseling (these kids are dealing with so much trauma - whether physical or emotional), and a safe haven. Make the school day longer and give them a nap time - how many do you think get a good nights sleep at home?
It will take time, but the solution of making the parents accountable is not working. So how about focusing on the current generation and make them better? Break the cycle. The extra costs to schools will be made up ten times over in reduced services in their adult life - police, social services, etc.
Addressing their social hurdles will actually give these kids an opportunity to rise above poverty!
September 19, 2013 at 9:29 a.m.
I wish these types of opportunities were extended to the "rich" schools like Poland. Instead, we just keep getting funding cuts and can barely pay for elementary specialists - let alone 3D printers. How are our kids supposed to be exposed to this advanced technology?
Maybe a better idea would be to create magnet schools for Mahoning County. Then we can all take advantage of the opportunities available to Ycity kids like Early College, the Visual and Performing Arts and the STEM schools.
July 17, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
Can't they all just get along?
What is it with the Village lately? Even the police department won't play nice with the Township dept for school security.
Village and Township should be working together - not against each other!
July 10, 2013 at 1:28 p.m.
Ms Lombardo, how well to Youngstown's charter schools compare to the suburban districts? After all, aren't the supposed to be better than the city schools?
I am pretty sure if you remove all the "at risk" and children with "special learning needs" from the city school ratings, they would perform much better too.
You are correct in that the Charter's receive only the state amount per pupil, not the full amount levied for City schools, HOWEVER the city schools are paying for the charter busing, the "special learning needs" students, and other special services that the Charter provides. State funding is not an apples to apples comparison.
And finally, The Youngstown Community School IS a shining example of a charter school. It is a non-profit school in association with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center. The Principal is a Catholic Nun. It is not the typical Charter school, and should be singled out for that. It should not be used as an example of why "charters are better".
It would seem obvious that if you take select students out of inner city schools and form a new school, that school will do better. And yes, charter students are "select". They are the children whose parents were involved enough to want them to do better. And yet, nationwide Charters are costing more than the public schools and flying under the radar. All at tax payer expense.
Public education needs fixed. Yes, my children attend a suburban school. A school that is largely funded by property tax levies and receives cuts in foundation support year after year - all so more money can be directed at Charter schools that have no accountability to the taxpayer. What a waste.
June 3, 2013 at 9:47 a.m.
Yes, definately Trash Pickup and Anger management classes. And some time going to local schools and talking about the cons of being a bully - especially if you are an adult.
May 29, 2013 at 9:12 a.m.
Maybe Mooney can work out a deal to move into P. Ross Berry or Volney Rogers. Both buildings are brand new and being closed in the proposed school plan.
Ytown keeps its income taxes, Youngstown schools avoid competing (and losing dollars to) a new Charter school and Mooney parents don't need to raise millions of dollars to build a school.
April 9, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.
To the author of this letter, I would like to make a few suggestions that may increase attendance at all of our local theater venues.
1) Have a consolidated Performance list either on a website or Facebook page that includes all the local theaters.
I thought MV Theatre Buzz would do this, but it focuses more on auditions. And your YACTA website only lists a few performances that are mostly over. I want to know what is planned for next month, not last month.
2) Include info on how to purchase tickets, driving directions, etc with the events
3) Look into a services like Eventbrite to allow online tickets sales. If all the theaters collaborated and used this together the costs would be minimal compared to increased sales
4) Post production dates well in advance
5) Advertise. If the theaters do this as a group, again the costs would be reduced for all... And Facebook is free! The City of Youngstown account has a huge following and shares events and pages for local groups all the time
I would love to attend the theater more often. But I do not have time to check multiple theaters to find upcoming performances... and then play phone tag in order to buy/reserve tickets... and then scramble to find a babysitter at the last minute...
Use the power of the internet to your advantage - it is cheap, fast and effective!
March 21, 2013 at 1:44 p.m.
“Top heavy with administrators”?REALLY??
There is ONE Principal at each school building.There is ONE Assistant Principal and that is at the High School.There is NO Curriculum Director.There is NO Assistant Superintendent.There is NO Assistant Treasurer.
Please take a look at our surrounding districts. Poland is as lean as it gets for Administrators. Most of them do the job of two, and yet people like you still think they make too much. Geez.
And our elementary kids DO have Music and Art. They are taught by the classroom teachers who are doing an amazing job. But I am sure you think they make too much too.
Please. Go to a Board meeting. Educate yourself on the financial situation of our school caused by funding cuts and unfunded mandates all courtesy of the State of Ohio.
March 20, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
Natureman, do you really think that $104,000 is a large salary to be CEO of a $20,000,000 organization?
Passing the levy has nothing to do with the salary. Dr Zorn earned $96,000 in 2005 before he retired/rehired.
Why don't we give the guy a chance before we start focusing on rumors from the past??
March 20, 2013 at 1:41 p.m.
So let me get this straight....
The Covelli Centre which currently has only SIX non-hockey related events booked for the rest of this year, feels they could make more money without hockey?
If they are loosing $200 a game, why not charge Zoldan that cost? Isn't drawing people to the arena ""free" advertising for upcoming events? Not to mention for the downtown?
At no point when this facility was built was there ever a plan for how this community could support it. And now they want to kick out something that at least draws people there frequently? Only in Youngstown...
March 11, 2013 at 10:18 a.m.