Members of Distress Commission tour Youngstown City Schools

Four members of Youngstown City Schools' Academic Distress Commission toured the district's school buildings on Tuesday.
Four members of Youngstown City Schools' Academic Distress Commission toured the district's school buildings on Tuesday.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Four members of Youngstown City Schools’ Academic Distress Commission toured the district’s school buildings on Tuesday.

The commission is waiting for a judge’s ruling on a controversial appointment and has been barred from formally meeting and making decisions until then.

The appointment of Carol Staten to the distress commission is being argued in court, because the teachers’ union believes the appointment must be a teacher under House Bill 70. The school board argued that a retired principal should still be considered a teacher and says Staten was the best pick.

In the meantime, Academic Distress Commission member Barbara Brothers said it is an important part of their job to know what is going on in the district, and the commission felt it was important to tour the school district.

“We really want to understand from the people who work in the schools what their problems and ideas are,” she said.

The distress commission was created by the state’s so-called Youngstown Plan, and its job is to select a CEO to run the school district.

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