Youngstown board ‘satisfied’ with Hathorn

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — With just under two months until the start of the next school year in Youngstown, superintendent Dr. Connie Hathorn received one of his most important grades of the year.

“I’m not perfect. Nobody’s perfect and I didn’t expect it to be perfect. As far as the evaluation, I did the best I could in this time and I’m going to continue to improve and work with everybody,” Hathon said.

The Youngstown Board of Education met behind closed doors for about an hour Wednesday evening. That’s when they gave Hathorn a satisfactory grade, or three out of five points.

Some of the things the board wants him to focus on include improving state report card scores, setting a vision in schools where students see themselves succeeding, and getting more involved in the community.

“We know the district is not where we want it to be, but we have many success stories, doing many things for it to be successful. We’ll continue to work on that with Dr. Hathorn,” said Board President Richard Atkinson.

Parents in Youngstown ssid they have seen the district go through its ups and downs but are hopeful for a brighter future.

“I think as long as you have your heart in the right place, you’ll get it done. But you also need a lot of help from the community. Parents need to get involved and community,” Youngstown resident Patricia Flecha said.

Currently, Youngstown City Schools remains on the dubious list of Challenged Districts in Ohio.

“We didn’t get ourselves in trouble overnight and we’re pulling out and we’re seeing a lot of positive things coming out,” said Hathorn.

With three years left on his contract, Hathorn said he’s going to do what it takes to pull Youngstown City Schools ahead.

“We’ll keep moving forward for the students,” Hathorn said.

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