As part of the plan to market the Youngstown City School District in a positive way, a showcase was held Thursday evening at the Choffin Career and Technical Center.
Tables lined the walls, each representing the different schools in the district and the unique opportunities each one has to offer. The event was held to educate the public but to also lure charter school students back into the district.
“The only thing we are going to do is require them to take math, science, social studies and language arts,” said Superintendent Dr. Connie Hathorn. “After that, you pick which way you want your kid to go, and we will provide the services.
Joe Ingrem took advantage of one of those services. He is part of the Ohio State University Young scholars program. Starting in seventh grade and upon completion of the program, he will be granted admission to Ohio State and a need-based scholarship.
“I got in and since then I’ve been trying to do anything to get to Ohio State,” said Ingrem. “It’s just an honor, and I just can’t wait to get there.”
Dr. Hathorn also highlighted some of the changes facing the district that he said are needed to reduce the deficit. One transition involves changing Kirkmere Elementary over to a Discovery Program.
While some voiced their concerns about their experiences with the district, others were excited at the possibility of becoming a part of it.
“I’m actually looking at Chaney too because of their performing arts, and I really like that idea,” said student Raliyn Green. “So, I was thinking I could go half Choffin, half Chaney because they’re definitely both good schools.”
Hathorn said he wants to focus on promoting the district with more showcases. Another event is in the works for July.
“That’s going to be my effort for next year,” said Hathorn. “Promote what we are doing and also what we’re doing, do it better.”