YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Krish Mohip started his first day on the job as CEO of Youngstown City Schools on Wednesday.
His arrival was kicked off with a welcome party at the school district’s office. Prior to that, he sat down with First News This Morning to talk about his plans for the district.
Mohip met with a couple dozen community members, who had the chance to introduce themselves and talk about the issues that concern them. He said these meetings help build trust in the community.
“I think trust has to be developed. That’s not something I can ask you to trust me, but I have to show you trust and I build my trust by delivering on my promises,” he said. “If I tell you something, I’m going to do it.”
Mohip said he plans to keep having these types of conversations as part of the first step of turning things around at the struggling school district. He gave this advice to concerned community members:
“Let us know what the problem are and be honest and open, because we can’t fix something until we know what the truth is,” he said.
Deborah Cunningham, with the Taft Promise Neighborhood initiative, said she’s encouraged by the openness she saw on Wednesday.
“It’s just wonderful to see so many wonderful people of all ages coming together for the children of this city. For the city itself, the message moving forward is a positive one,” she said.
He said he met with the unions and listened to concerns. Mohip also talked with the principals and promised to give them the proper support to do their jobs.
The evening ended for Mohip with a dinner with a local family and student in the district who wants to get on the right path. Mohip says one of the biggest challenges will be raising everyone’s expectations of these students.
He’ll be back at work early on Thursday, and plans to meet with the mayor’s office and the NAACP Youngstown Chapter.
Mohip said a more detailed plan of action will come together within 90 days.
He was selected by the school’s Academic Distress Commission in May. The Distress Commission was formed by the state to get the school out of academic emergency.