COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – Eleven months ago, Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 70, the law that gave the state power to appoint a CEO to take over the Youngstown City School district. With the new CEO in place, he says he is optimistic about the future.
“I cannot tell you how thrilled I am of what’s happening in the Valley, most particularly, in Youngstown,” Kasich said.
Currently, Youngstown City Schools have a performance grade of 57.4 percent, or a “D.”
He is excited about the appointment of new CEO Krish Mohip, who has worked with failing schools in the past. While working for Chicago City Schools, Mohip turned around 24 out of 36 of the worst-performing schools in the city.
“We now have brought someone in to run those schools who has incredible experience with turning schools around in the inner city of Chicago. It’s great,” Kasich said.
Ohio State Senator Joe Schiavoni voted no on the issue last year. He says he recently had his first meeting with Mohip and thinks he’s in it for the right reasons.
“He said we’re not going to fire our way out of this. He said it’s a lazy approach to turn public schools into charter schools and think that’s going to be the solution. Those two things, for him to say that on the first day, are very reassuring to me.”
Despite having a good first meeting, Schiavoni says he’s still not happy about the process of finding a CEO.
“The bill basically said we’re going to pick a guy, and he’s going to do whatever he wants and everyone’s going to deal with it. That’s what I didn’t like about it. Now hopefully we have a guy who is going to engage the community.”
Schiavoni says he hopes to meet with Mohip the next time the CEO is in town and help him acclimate to the Valley.