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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The President and vice president of Youngstown City Schools, along with the superintendent meet informally Thursday afternoon with a community group made up of members of the Parent Student and Campaign for African American Achievement as well as many other groups.

The group's president, Jimma McWilson is asking school board president Rich Atkinson and Vice President Marcia Haire-Ellis to support the formation of a joint task force that would be charged with raising the level of African American student achievement in the district.

McWilson says, "The idea is.. we've got to break this failure model that's been in place for the last 15 years. And what we need to do is bring people who are creative, innovative and are ready to move forward right now. "

Superintendent Connie Hathorn tells 21 news he supports the task force idea, but he says it requires the board's approval. The board's leadership plans to give it consideration.

Atkinson says, "We're always willing to meet with any parents or any group that's interested in the Youngstown City Schools system and our students. Because that's our main focus to make sure our students become successful students."

Haire-Ellis says, "We would just like to have a little more information as to what his request is and how we can best work together to help our community."

McWilson's group has appealed to everyone from community pastors to the state's superintendent to the academic distress committee. It has had the board adopt the president's executive order on educational excellence for African Americans. But it believes that a task force working with the board will allow more students to succeed.

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