Revitalization plan closes and repurposes Youngstown schools - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Revitalization plan closes and repurposes Youngstown schools

Posted: Updated:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The latest revitalization plan coming out of the Youngstown City School District touts more choices for students and building reassignments as the school system's saving grace.

In Dr. Connie Hathorn's revitalization plan, entitled "Increasing Student Achievement Through Choice", the superintendent calls for the closure of two of the district's four middle schools and a high school and the repurposing of another middle school and an elementary school.

The P. Ross Berry and Volney Rogers middle schools and the University Project Learning Center would be closed under the plan.

The Wilson Middle and Kirkmere Elementary schools would become alternative schools.

P. Ross Berry, Wilson and the learning center were declared "academic emergency" and Volney Rogers "academic warning".

The fourth middle school is on Chaney High School's campus.

Kirkmere would become the Discover Program for students in grades three through eight.

At the Discover Program, third through fifth grade students woul dhave the option to explore interest areas in spanish, math and engineering, visual arts, performing arts, creative communications, and investigative science. Sixth through eighth grade students would have to focus on a selection of the itnerest areas or go to another alternative program available to them.

The learning center program would move to Wilson High School.

The middle school students, sixth through eighth grades, would be dispersed between the elementary, high school and alternative schools.

The six remaining elementary schools would house Kindergarten through sixth grade and the seventh through 12th grades would have the choice of going to the East or Chaney high schools or one of the alternative schools for career and college prep.

The school closings and reassignments are to address critical issues the school has been having with lower school populations due to declining population in the city.

The hope is also that the reconfiguration of schools will save the district and tax payers money.

For more on the revitalization, find the "Increasing Student Achievement Through Choice" plan in its entirety under Associated Links.

A breakdown of choices available to Youngstown students grades two through 12 can be found on page 13 of the plan.

Stay connected to WFMJ.com and 21 News in the upcoming weeks as more details on this plan emerge.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • US: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down

    US: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:33:53 GMT
    The Obama administration said Tuesday it would present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what's known about the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine.More >>
    Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian...More >>
  • Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

    Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:42:54 GMT
    Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, a Gaza police official said, as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state...More >>
    A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot...More >>
  • Ohio fair's butter cows named Scarlet and Grayce

    Ohio fair's butter cows named Scarlet and Grayce

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:51:37 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Scarlet and Grayce. Those are the names of the traditional butter sculptures of a cow and calf at this year's Ohio State Fair. The names announced Tuesday by fair officials after a naming contest on Twitter are a play on the Ohio State University colors, scarlet and gray. Also presented Tuesday were other Ohio icons carved from butter, including a whitetail deer, paw paw fruit, carnation and spotted salamander. Two sculptors worked on this year's creations, crafting the...More >>
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Scarlet and Grayce. Those are the names of the traditional butter sculptures of a cow and calf at this year's Ohio State Fair. The names announced Tuesday by fair officials after a naming contest on Twitter are a play on the Ohio State University colors, scarlet and gray. Also presented Tuesday were other Ohio icons carved from butter, including a whitetail deer, paw paw fruit, carnation and spotted salamander. Two sculptors worked on this year's creations, crafting the...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms