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MYCAP losing Head Start Program

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The future of a valley agency and the thousands of people it helps is in question as of Thursday.

21 News has received word that MYCAP will lose the Head Start Preschool program later this month.

Head Start is the largest program administered by MYCAP, and it relies on $7 million in state funding each year.

A close, reliable source to MYCAP told 21 news the reason why the agency is losing Head Start is because it is also losing the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which is necessary in order to provide Head Start services.

Last October, the Ohio Department of Education proposed disqualifying the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership and many of its past and present leaders from the federally funded program because of past bookkeeping glitches.

It's important to note that while Head Start will not be under the MYCAP umbrella, it will still exist, but at this time there is no word on what agency will run it.

According to our print partner, The Vindicator, the state education department wanted MYCAP to reimburse nearly $800,000 that was not spent according to the terms of the Summer Feeding and Child and Adult Feeding programs administered by MYCAP.

This all goes back to the scandal surrounding former MYCAP director, Richard Roller, who was fired in 2010 amid allegations of misuse of funds and nepotism.

In 2012, Roller was indicted for theft in office, grand theft, unlawful interest in a public contract and soliciting or receiving improper compensation.

A pretrial hearing for Roller is scheduled for July 9th on those charges.

21 News has made several phone calls to MYCAP Board Chairman, Ben McGee and they were never returned.

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