YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Parents attending the Youngstown School Board meeting Tuesday expressed concerns about the busing system.
Before that, the Youngstown School Board spent the first 20 minutes deciding on the meeting’s agenda.
Member Jackie Adair had issues with CEO Krish Mohip’s personnel recommendations, saying that the list given to her last week did not match those on the agenda. Mohip agreed to vote on last week’s list and that the board start following policy.
“I am moving forward academically. We need to make sure that the governance is where it needs to be,” he said.
When it came time for public comments, parents Megan Mercado, of the Idora neighborhood, and Melvin Young, whose 13-year-old daughter attends Chaney, complained about busing.
Mercado’s children have to walk to Glenwood Avenue to catch the bus, but she wants them to be picked up at or near their home. Mercado said she is concerned about the welfare of other children who also being picked up in areas she says are questionable.
“Nobody wants to put their kid in front of Foster’s Theater and have them picked up to be sent off to their first day of kindergarten. Nobody wants to put their kids in front of Double Duece Bar to have their kids go to school, nobody wants it,” she said.
Young says his daughter was never picked up on Monday, the first day of school.
“We stood there for two hours. She didn’t cry that day, that was the first day. Today we did the same thing. This time she cried.”
Mohip promised that both issues will be looked into and people will be held responsible.
“When I say that something has to be done, and I ask some people to do something and it’s not followed through, then there’s going to be consequences and those consequences can lead to termination,” he said.
He also talked about attendance on the first day, which he was hoping would be 98 percent. Though there are no exact numbers yet, Mohip didn’t think they made it.
However, in talking with people at the schools, he was told it was the most students in recent times.