Judge strikes down Youngstown Schools distress commission appointee

Several Ohio educators met inside the Mahoning County Courthouse on Monday to define what it means to be a teacher. The debate centered around the appointment of Carol Staten (pictured), a part-time administrator, to the district's academic distress commission. According to the state of Ohio, the appointment had to include a Youngstown City Schools' teacher.
Several Ohio educators met inside the Mahoning County Courthouse in December to define what it means to be a teacher. The debate centered around the appointment of Carol Staten (pictured), a part-time administrator, to the district's academic distress commission. According to the state of Ohio, the commission has to include a Youngstown City Schools' teacher.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Mahoning County Common Pleas magistrate ruled Wednesday that Youngstown School Board President Brenda Kimble needs to pick someone else for the district’s new academic distress commission.

Magistrate Daniel Dascenzo ruled Wednesday that Kimble’s original appointee, Carol Staten, is a no-go since she is not a teacher, in the strict definition of the word. Kimble now has two days to name a teacher to the commission.

The state of Ohio declared over the summer that the district had to form a distress commission to help improve its performance, and a Columbus-area judge upheld the decision in October. Once Kimble appoints a teacher to the commission, the commission will choose a CEO to oversee the school district.

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