Youngstown superintendent: 3 schools to close, others to reconfi - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Youngstown superintendent: 3 schools to close, others to reconfigure

Posted: Updated:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - For the second time since becoming Youngstown City Schools superintendent, Dr. Connie Hathorn has introduced a major revitalization plan that will close some schools and reconfigure others.

Hathorn said they have 8,600 seats in the district and only 5,300 students to fill them. As a result, changes need to be made and that means closing some school buildings. As part of his new revitalization plan, Hathorn plans to close three schools and reconfigure others.

Youngstown Board of Education President Richard Atkinson agreed with the decision.  "This was a decision that had to be made. We're losing students. We couldn't keep on having the buildings we have, it's too much of a financial burden on us," Atkinson said.

Volney and P. Ross. Berry Middle School are listed  to be closed.

Hathorn said it all comes down to choice.  "We're going to close that 8th grade academy and send them to East and Chaney. But at the same time, we're creating choices for 8th graders. They can go to the discovery program at Kirkmere or they can go to the early college or STEM or East."

Hathorn said students as young as third grade will be able to go to different schools based on what they and their parents want to focus on academically. He said he believed choice will encourage children to be more active and stay in school.

The school board passed the resolution which was already approved by the Academic Distress Commission.

Only one board member voted no and that was Andrea Mahone.  "I just don't agree with taking younger kids and putting them with older teenagers. I also don't like the idea of closing buildings," Mahone said. "I understand we need to save money but I believe there has to be no compromise for our children the education has to come first, and I think there's other things that can be done."

Hathorn said P. Ross Berry could be the new home of district offices and the I. L. Ward Building would close to save money on utilities.

Much of the plan would take place in time for the start of the new school year this fall.

  • SpotlightSpotlightMore>>

  • Updated

    The Scrappers host “POPS at the Ballpark” featuring the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

    The Scrappers host “POPS at the Ballpark” featuring the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-04-15 18:04:57 GMT
    NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra are excited to host one of the Valley's premiere summer events, POPS at the Ballpark,More >>
    NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra are excited to host one of the Valley's premiere summer events, POPS at the Ballpark, presented by Stanley E. Shearer with Northwestern Mutual and 21 WFMJ on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Eastwood Field.More >>
  • Around the WebMore>>

  • 2 boaters found dead in Lake Erie; 2 more missing

    2 boaters found dead in Lake Erie; 2 more missing

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:49:32 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say the bodies of two of four missing boaters in western Lake Erie have been recovered off the Ohio shoreline. Officials say they recovered the bodies of two females Thursday.More >>
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say the bodies of two of four missing boaters in western Lake Erie have been recovered off the Ohio shoreline. Officials say they recovered the bodies of two females Thursday.More >>
  • Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

    Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

    Police stepped up patrols near the Boston Marathon finish line after a masked man walked in the street with a rice cooker in his backpack only hours after the city marked the anniversary of last year's deadly...More >>
    The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week.More >>
  • Low of 19 degrees in Toledo breaks 139-year record

    Low of 19 degrees in Toledo breaks 139-year record

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:34:39 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Winter temperatures are refusing to go away in northwestern Ohio. The thermometer dropped to 19 degrees in Toledo Wednesday morning, breaking a 139-year-old record for the same dateMore >>
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Winter temperatures are refusing to go away in northwestern Ohio. The thermometer dropped to 19 degrees in Toledo Wednesday morning, breaking a 139-year-old record for the same dateMore >>
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