Youngstown school leader shares mid-year goals

Dr. Connie Hathorn said he is on track for his goals for 2015.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown Board of Education met Tuesday night in special session to review the superintendent’s mid-year goals.

The session was not open to the public, but board president Brenda Kimble said Dr. Connie Hathorn presented his goals and the board gave pointers to help the district reach those goals by the end of the school year.

“Different ways of reaching out to parents, basically. That is the main thing. Reaching out to parents because we do need parents to be a part of their student’s education or their children’s education,” KImble said.

Hathorn shared some of his goals.

“I presented some ideas on how we plan to improve student achievement, what we are doing in the buildings, what we are doing at the district level. How we plan to improve attendance and how we plan to market the schools,” the superintendent said.

When asked how he would respond to the NAACP implying he could be doing more to get the district back on track, Hathorn had this to say:

“I didn’t respond because they have not talked to me. And I won’t respond. I am open to that type of communication with them. It is going to take the whole city working together to improve student achievement. I am open. I welcome anyone. I have an open door policy.

The Youngstown School District was placed in academic emergency in 2010 for not making yearly progress for four or more years. Kimble said the district’s goals presented at Tuesday’s meeting are in line with the state’s.

“I am very optimistic. I see a date when we will be able to look on the brighter side. Again, it may not be moving as quickly as people would like it to, but it is moving and I see a brighter side,” Kimble said.

Dr. Hathorn also mentioned that he still is on track to meeting the goals he set at the beginning of the school year.

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