Board brainstorms alternatives to summer school in Youngstown

CEO Krish Mohip wants children to be able to recover their credits during the school year rather than attend summer school

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown School Board came together Tuesday evening to discuss the summer school program and hiring new personnel before classes start in the fall.

This year alone, 176 kids attended the district’s summer school. The board wanted to take a close look at the results of the program.

“Perhaps we can reduce the number of students that end up having to resort to summer school if we improve, or punch up the instructional day throughout the year,” said board member Dario Hunter.

CEO Krish Mohip wants children to be able to recover their credits during the school year rather than attend summer school. He also wanted to know why students feel that summer school is even an option.

“Now we do have in policy the potential of a mid-year promotion, so that if a student gets a certain amount of intervention in the year, you can go ahead and utilize that,” said Timothy Filipovich, executive director of the Department of Teaching and Learning.

The district is also experiencing a 20 percent yearly loss in teachers. As far as keeping them in Youngstown, board member Jaqueline Adair said they need to get down to the bottom of the district’s staff attendance problem.

“If our folks were coming to school, coming to work on a more regular basis, this whole thing that we’re talking about would not be as important.”

Dr. Milton Walters, assistant superintendent and chief human resources officer, said the school needs to know when the staff member showed up and when they didn’t.

Mohip told the board several times that his focus is not on the money, and remains on getting the school year off to a good start and creating a strategic plan for the district.

The board also discussed ways to re-purpose its budget, rather than spending it. Mohip said he would rather see those funds go toward the students’ education with new technology and textbooks.

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