Youngstown Academic Distress Commission organizes public forum

The Youngstown Academic Distress Commission is recruiting for their new CEO by using the public's input and state and national websites

The Youngstown Academic Distress Commission is asking for the public's input in selecting a CEO for the school district.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Academic Distress Commission (YADC) is asking for the public’s input in selecting a CEO for the school district.

At its second meeting, the commission organized a public hearing for people interested in the hiring process to voice their opinions. The commission wants to know what qualifications the community wants in a CEO. Commission members hope to combine public opinion with their own opinions to make the best choice.

“Take their perspective and their thoughts and use that as we develop our own thoughts and understanding,” said Commission Chairman Brian Benyo.

The forum is scheduled for 5 p.m May 11. It will be at Choffin Career and Technical Center, located at 200 E. Wood St. in Youngstown.

Pairing the feedback commission receives from the community with the thoughts of the five members of the board will help the screening process, which will happen by the end of next month.

The commission is hoping to get many qualified applicants from different backgrounds. Hearing what stakeholders, such as teachers and administrators, want for the CEO could help narrow priorities.

The YADC provided the following list of websites that have been utilized to recruit for the CEO position:

State websites:

  • BASA – Buckeye Association of School Administrators
  • OASSA – Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators
  • Ohio Means Jobs
  • OSBA – Ohio School Boards Association

National websites:

The board is open to hiring someone without an educational experience. Benyo says if they choose someone who has never worked in a school, he or she must be a strong leader.

“With maybe some dynamic professional experience in various industries, showing his or her ability to adapt,” Benyo said.

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