Youngstown Academic Distress Commission gives Mohip feedback on plan

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown Schools Academic Distress Commission responded to CEO Krish Mohip’s plan for the district at a meeting Tuesday night.

Mohip released the first draft of the plan, a 29-page document laying out his strategy for the next three school years, two weeks ago.

Full strategic plan for Youngstown City Schools

While the meeting was friendly and productive, the Academic Distress Commission wants to get the plan right.

The four members of the commission, tasked with pointing the Youngstown Schools in the right direction, know the district has seen plans come and go.

“For too long we’ve had a lot of lip service about results here in this district. We need to know how we’re going to accomplish results,” said Chairman Brian Benyo.

Vice Chair Jennifer Roller said Mohip’s plan is “very well done.”

“I think it was presented clearly and concisely.”

The Academic Distress Commission hired Mohip as CEO, choosing him from a group of 34 applicants. Still, Mohip says that doesn’t mean they’ll just go along with his plan.

“I did not think they were just going to come in here and say, ‘Yep, looks good.’ They’re highly intelligent, they care about this city.”

The members did have plenty of feedback for Mohip.

Dr. Barbara Brothers says there’s still too much emphasis on testing.

Benyo wants to see more specifics on how Mohip will achieve the five major goals he lays out:

  • Academic achievement
  • Supporting the whole child
  • Parent, family and community engagement
  • World-class workforce
  • Operations, budget and accountability

Roller questioned some of Mohip’s benchmarks, such as having 100 percent of juniors take the ACT.

“In an urban district such as this, you could do very well at 95 percent,” she said.

That sparked the only speaker from a crowd of three dozen people: a mother who disagreed with Roller.

“I’m just a little discouraged to hear you want to lower the numbers of what we think our students can perform at. I think they’re very capable, every single one of them,” Candace Mayo said.

Mohip was happy to have the feedback, but says he’ll still push for 100 percent taking the test.

He has 30 days to revise his plan and resubmit it.

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