New superintendent selected for Youngstown City School District

Joe Meranto has been the director at Choffin Career and Technical Center for the past 13 years

Youngstown City Schools Superintendent Joe Meranto

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip has chosen Joe Meranto, the district’s current interim superintendent, as the new superintendent to move the district forward.

Normally, the superintendent would be the person in charge of the schools. But Meranto will now be responsible for redefining the superintendent’s role since it’s the CEO that runs the Youngstown Schools.

Under House Bill 70, the CEO can delegate any of his duties to either the school board or superintendent. But Mohip hasn’t delegated any of his authority to either.

“I think the role of the superintendent under the CEO will be different,” Meranto said. “I believe that my role will be to cooperate and collaborate with Krish and try to really get community involvement in supporting our schools.”

For the past 13 years, Meranto has been director of the Choffin Career and Technical Center — which will now be run by the Mahoning County Educational Service Center.

Meranto is getting no pay raise. He’ll continue making $115,000 a year.

Mohip said Meranto knows this district, the community, the families, and the kids. He called him the perfect fit.

“As a lifelong Youngstown resident, I am excited for the opportunity to serve this community and school district in a more expansive role,” he said. “I look forward to working with Mr. Mohip and the many hardworking administrators, teachers, and support personnel in Youngstown.”

On Friday, Mohip rejected all three candidates for superintendent recommended to him earlier this week by the school board.

On Wednesday, they voted to recommend Andre Cowling, chief of the Baltimore City Schools, to be the new superintendent in Youngstown.

If Cowling was not hired, then the board recommended either Martha Hasselbusch, of the South Central Schools in north-central Ohio, or Dr. Diane Longstreth, of the Maple Heights Schools.

Mohip informed the board that he would not be picking any three of the names.

School board member Corrine Sanderson responded by saying, “I wish that Mr. Mohip would focus on why only one student passed the state AIR test in geometry at East High School instead of school mascots and a lame duck superintendent position.”

Meranto has taken over after Stephen Stohla resigned.

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