Youngstown school officials grading superintendent

Connie Hathorn
Youngstown Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Youngstown City School District leaders continue to take steps to improve academic performance among students in the district.

And that starts at the top with Superintendent Dr. Connie Hathorn. The school board met Wednesday in executive session to keep working on its annual evaluation of the superintendent.

Last year, the board gave Hathorn a score of five out of nine based on certain criteria. That was a drop from 2012, when Hathorn was given a seven.

This time around, Youngstown Board of Education President Richard Atkinson said they will use a different grading scale, but the goals are still the same.

“Same expectations, giving him things that we have thought were important to move the school district ahead and they have not changed,” Atkinson said.

The board will release its evaluation of Hathorn at a later meeting.

Also on Wednesday, board members met with consultants from the Ohio Department of Education’s Academic Distress Commission. Members are in town all week from Columbus, talking with students, teachers and administrators about ways to improve academic performance.



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