Leaders lay out plan for school year

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning and Columbiana County administrators got together Thursday and discussed new state budget cuts and other issues facing districts ahead of the new school year.

Ron Iarussi, Mahoning County Educational Services superintendent, said the group is not only looking at the state budget but also at the tax dollars to determine what programs need the most money.

Canfield Superintendent Alex Geordan said budget cuts haven’t really affected Canfield at all and touts the community’s help in keeping it that way.

“We are very fortunate in Canfield. Last November, we passed a 5.9, five-year levy. We are very blessed to have that passed by the community,” Geordan said.

New testing procedures targeting common core standards and new state report cards will be implemented this year, as well as revamped kindergarten assessments. Schools are working to provide testing time for the new standards that will ultimately detail how well a district is doing.

“They now have local report cards, school districts are graded, and they have a new teacher evaluation system,” Iarussi said.

Iarussi said one of the main objectives discussed at the meeting was to increase the number of local students who attend Youngstown State University. Programs to promote the university were laid out at the meeting by YSU President Jim Tressel. Some of those initiatives include an early college program targeting juniors and seniors.

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