CEO to take over Youngstown schools, commission to be selected

An academic distress commission will be formed to select a CEO to take over Youngstown City schools

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A CEO is taking over the Youngstown City school district. There will also be a new five person academic distress commission.

House Bill 70, also known as the Youngstown Plan, went into effect October 15th. Under the law, a new academic distress commission has to be formed in 30 days. The commission then has 60 days to appoint a CEO.

The state superintendent will appoint three members to the commission and Youngstown Mayor John McNally and School Board President Brenda Kimble will each select one.

Kimble’s pick has to be a teacher. She says she has four good candidates in mind, but isn’t releasing their names yet.

“They all work in an urban district and understand that our major challenge is poverty and if we deal with that first, then maybe we’ll be able to move our students forward,” she said.

Kimble says she’ll bring her academic distress commission candidate picks to the board of education this week during a work session.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that House Bill 70 went into effect in September, instead of October.

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