YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The new CEO for Youngstown Schools met with the community on Tuesday at Choffin Career and Technical Center.
Krish Mohip said he heard about Youngstown Schools at a workshop two years ago and was intrigued by the challenge of turning the district around.
He came to the meet-and-greet prepared to listen. He expected to hear the truth from the people who attended.
“Whatever it is I need to know. I need to know what they feel and what they’re willing to do. I know what I’m willing to do as a CEO coming in and it’s just about anything possible.”
Mohip is bringing ideas from Chicago that were successful.
“I’ve never seen a place just be able to replace everybody. Never seen a district outsource all schools to charters and say, ‘This is how we’re going to work.’ Kind of the antithesis of what I’ve done in the Chicago Public Schools.”
He will likely ask nonprofits to do more, and establish a team to walk the halls and listen to teachers and students.
“If I want to ensure there’s high quality instruction every day, I have to make sure I’m progress monitoring and there’s a team in the classrooms giving support to the teachers.”
He doesn’t seem fazed by the situation. In fact, he is confident that he can help the schools that have just a 68 percent graduation rate.
“What I believe is that you cannot fire your way to excellence. You have to build on what you have, you have to provide professional training and teaching and once you have that, you have a sustainable path forward so that students can learn year in and year out regardless of whoever’s leading.”
Mohip signed a 3-year contract that will go into effect June 29. His salary will be $160,000 for the first year, then $165,000 and $170,000.
He says most of the schools he has worked with show success in the first two years. He also says he doesn’t just want to push scores, but change lives.