YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – One Youngstown City School Board member is speaking out against a decision made by the district’s CEO, even walking out of Tuesday night’s board meeting with two other board members.
Corrine Sanderson spoke to WKBN on Wednesday, speaking not as a board member, but as a parent of a daughter who attends Chaney High School. She said her daughter was suspended for defending herself from a male student, and she wasn’t able to bring it up as a parent in an executive session during Tuesday’s meeting.
She said she wasn’t able to do so because of the power that the district’s CEO has over the school board.
This summer, Krish Mohip was appointed to the district’s new CEO position after a state takeover that followed years of academic emergency. Mohip said the board would have opportunities to advise him on issues facing the district, but only when he specifically ask for the input.
Sanderson said the school board was unable to discuss her daughter’s suspension because it no longer has the power to call for executive session.
“Now we do not have a voice and parents that want to address us in executive session, they can’t come to school board members and ask for that. That power has been taken away,” she said.
She added that Mohip and other board members are aware of the incident, and she plans on contacting an attorney and going to the state Department of Education.
Mohip said he wasn’t trying to be adversarial.
“I continued to be collaborative with them. After three board members left, we went back to our normal routine of having presentations, asking questions. The only difference is that I was running the meeting,” he said.
House Bill 70, which gives Mohip the power of control over the district, still has a lawsuit pending against it. Sanderson says this lawsuit will fail, but House Bill 70 still needs to be changed, just not through the courts.
Mohip says he’s just doing what he is allowed to do and wants to continue collaborating with the board members.