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WRITER: Raymond L. Smith

Youngstown schools to open one week earlier

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown City School District students will have the option to return to in-person instruction beginning the week of March 15. The new schedule moves the district’s opening to a week earlier than was previously announced. Earlier this week, district officials said the phased reopening to in-person education would launch March 23. Under the revised plan, announced Friday, ...

Youngstown schools present tentative plan

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown City School District plans to begin reopening its buildings with pre-kindergarten through first grade students beginning March 23, using a hybrid model. These students will be taking classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Second- through fifth-graders will return April 13, Mondays and Fridays. The return date for grades six through 12 will be determined by the district based ...

Not all agree on need to reopen Youngstown schools

YOUNGSTOWN — Two of the three Ohio school districts taken over by the state for having successive, failing grades on the state report card already have reopened their doors to students. The Youngstown City School District is the lone holdout and is expected to announce later this week an in-person opening plan. But East Cleveland schools opened buildings four days a week in January, and Lorain city ...

City schools avoid in-person classes

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown City School District is one of an increasingly smaller number of Ohio districts that remain fully remote for teaching and learning. Youngstown has not announced a timetable for beginning either a hybrid or a five-day-per-week in-person school schedule. According to an Ohio Department of Education website, 34 out of 609 public school districts are fully remote. The state ...

State reps seek audits

YOUNGSTOWN — State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, and Joe Miller, D-Amherst, reintroduced legislation this week requiring one-time performance audits of school districts with a current academic distress commission. The purpose is to have audits of the three districts in Ohio under the control of academic distress commissions and chief executive officers: Youngstown, Lorain and East ...

Youngstown schools remain closed to in-person classes

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown City School District is one of an increasingly smaller number of Ohio districts that remain fully remote for teaching and learning. Youngstown has not announced a timetable for beginning either a hybrid or a five-day-a-week in-person school schedule. According to an Ohio Department of Education website, there are 34 out of 609 public school districts that are fully remote. ...

Family builds igloo to pass time during pandemic

WARREN — It is a house that will make Frosty proud. Jon and Kayla Duncan, with the help of four of their five children, have spent the last several months building an adult-sized igloo, using empty water jugs, in the first floor living room of their house. The Duncans moved to their 771 Woodbine Ave. SE home last spring from Greene Township. A short time later, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jon was laid off ...

West Point finds talent in Falls

NEWTON FALLS — Bailey Adams, 18, is the first female student from Newton Falls to be accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point and only the second Falls student accepted in the academy since the 1970s. Serving in the military while earning an engineering degree is something Adams decided to do while still in middle school, and she never really wavered from that commitment. “I work ...

Valley schools get 2nd-round boost in relief funds

Mahoning Valley school districts are expected to receive slightly more than $39 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds this spring. This is a second installment of relief funds provided by the federal government for hard-hit school districts since the coronavirus pandemic began in early 2020. In the last allocation of ESSER funds provided to school districts in 2020, schools in ...

Police warn of unemployment benefit scams in area

Some area police departments, including Howland and Austintown, are seeing an uptick in the number of identity fraud cases being filed by residents. People are saying someone unknown is filing for pandemic unemployment claims in their names and claiming the government funds. A 70-year-old Warren retiree, for example, was notified by U.S. Bank and a debit card agency called Bluebird that cards were illegally ...