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MCCTC and Choffin part ways after 4 years

CANFIELD — After four years of partnering for administrative services, the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center and Choffin Career and Technical Center will amicably part ways.

The Youngstown City School District and MCCTC “have had a great working relationship,” said city schools CEO Justin Jennings. “That partnership and relationship will continue in other projects. We’ve reached a point at YCSD where we want to serve our Choffin scholars more in-house.”

There were three principals at Choffin who were employees of MCCTC. Youngstown schools also paid a portion of the salary of John Zehentbauer, superintendent of the MCCTC, for him to do some supervisory tasks at Choffin.

The three principals now will be employees of the Youngstown City School District.

Also, the school district will pay MCCTC $75,000 through the remainder of a contract that ends on June 30.

It was in 2017 when MCCTC began providing administrative services and assistance at Choffin for both the high school and adult education programs.

“Exposing students to career tech education is so important,” Mike Stanko, MCCTC board president said. “Building that partnership and having the ability to collaborate with Choffin was beneficial to all of those involved.”

The agreement was for three years and was never meant to be permanent, officials noted.

Last year, Jennings and MCCTC Superintendent John Zehentbauer agreed to a one-year extension.

“This has been a successful partnership for both school districts,” Zehentbauer said. “I have been very fortunate to work with great people at both the high school and adult level and now feel a part of the Youngstown family. I am confident that Choffin is destined for great things and I will continue to help in the transition as well as support them in the future.”

Mike Saville will be the director of Choffin high school and the adult career center. Saville has been a part of the partnership since it began in 2017.

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