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WRITER: Raymond L. Smith

City school plan given to state

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown City Schools Board of Education submitted the first draft of its Academic Improvement Plan to Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction, for review and possible approval on Thursday. The AIP is the first step required by the three districts under state control that needs to be completed to move to local control. The state superintendent will review submitted plans, ...

Deadline looms for Youngstown schools' improvement plan

YOUNGSTOWN — Two of the three school districts in Ohio under state control are expected this week to have at least the first draft of their academic improvement plan turned over to the Ohio Department of Education. The Youngstown Board of Education is meeting Wednesday with district administrators to finalize what it wants in the first draft of the plan. It is expected to be sent to the state before Sept. ...

Youngstown schools prepare for 2021-22 academic year

YOUNGSTOWN — Most Youngstown City School District students will begin taking classes Tuesday with some attending reconfigured schools. They will have more health clinics and will notice familiar faces in new positions. Students attending two of the district’s schools — Youngstown Rayen Early College High School and Rayen Early College Middle School — began their 2021 school year Aug. 18. These ...

Academic Distress Commission gives Jennings praise, bonus

YOUNGSTOWN — School district CEO Justin Jennings, for the second year in a row, received a near excellent evaluation for his leadership with the Youngstown City School District by the Academic Distress Commission. Jennings received a 3.22 on a four-point scale. Last year, Jennings earned a 3.25 on a four-point scale. The commission also voted to provide Jennings a $10,000 bonus for his work over the past ...

Girard man found not guilty of carrying weapon

WARREN — A man accused of carrying weapons to the Girard Municipal Court was found not guilty by a jury after getting on the stand — against his own attorney’s advice — to tell jurors that he would not have carried a machete, an ax and several knives into the Girard Municipal Building that houses both the police station and the court. “This should have never gotten this far,” Lawrence A. Molek Jr. ...

Masks on?

Youngstown City Schools, the Mahoning Valley’s largest public district, will be mandating students and staff to wear face masks inside school buildings. They also will be required to wear masks on buses during the upcoming school year, said Denise Dick, district director of communications and public relations. Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday encouraged Ohio K-12 schools across the state to require masks in ...

Officials: Black male role models needed

YOUNGSTOWN — A group of Youngstown area black men, including fire Chief Barry Finley and police Chief Carl Davis — are discussing how they can work together to provide positive role models for black youth, so they can know there are other avenues than violence to solve problems. Both Finley and Davis spoke briefly during an online session held Monday, discussing ways they can assist in changing the image ...

Protesters plea for masks

YOUNGSTOWN — Approximately 50 Youngstown State University Ohio Education Association members and their supporters protested outside of Tod Hall on Friday, saying the school’s decision not to mandate masks or vaccinations for staff and students makes the campus unsafe for everyone. The protesters are trying to convince the university’s administration to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Faculty at YSU: Mandate masking

YOUNGSTOWN — Members of Youngstown State University’s faculty union are expected to protest the school’s coronavirus masking policies at 9 a.m. today outside Tod Hall. The union representing approximately 400 university employees is objecting to the school’s decision not to require employees and students to wear masks inside campus buildings at a time when other state schools are requiring that ...

KSU makes masks a must for all indoors

Two of three of the Valley’s higher learning institutions — Youngstown State University and Eastern Gateway Community College — are not requiring vaccinated students or faculty to wear masks, but they are encouraging vaccinations. Kent State University, including its Trumbull, Salem and East Liverpool campuses, on Wednesday afternoon announced a change of its mask-wearing policy. “Effective ...