YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip started his outreach tour Monday evening, inviting parents, students and teachers to give input on what they’d like to see improved or changed in the district.
Mohip will visit each of the 13 schools in the district over the next two weeks.
Angela Pettitt sat front and center at Mohip’s meeting at Kirkmere Elementary. She has one son in the district and went through Youngstown City Schools herself.
“The schools are already doing quite a bit of really impressive things,” she said. “The kids are working with 3D printers, students at Chaney with other districts on their theater program, they’ve gotten local and regional recognition, they’ve developed apps for iPhones.”
Pettitt says there is still a lot of work to do.
Mohip gave her and roughly 25 other parents surveys to fill out. He asked them to get together in small groups and list ideas for improvement.
Many of them mentioned correcting issues with the district’s instructional program.
“Parents are talking about personalized learning as well, and that’s not just coming from parents, but I’m seeing that across the continuum of stakeholders. Like, what are we doing to ensure that all students are learning?” Mohip said.
Parents say this is first time someone has asked for their opinion.
“It’s awesome to have someone at the district level really come in and be interested in what our parents have to say,” said Kirkmere Elementary Principal Misha Scott.
Pettitt says if parents came around more and allowed their children to get more involved, the schools would improve.
“There are things that kids in Youngstown can get that kids in other districts can’t. There is access to programs here that a lot of what you would consider better, or even wealthier, districts don’t have.”
Parents and students also said they want to see Youngstown City Schools’ reputation change.