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Gov. Kasich signs bill for Youngstown Schools CEO

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

It's official. Governor Kasich has signed into law a plan that will place a Chief Executive Officer in charge of Youngstown City Schools.

Under the plan, the state superintendent will appoint three of the five new members of an Academic Distress Commission. The other two members are appointed by the mayor and local school board.

Senator Joe Schiavoni says according to the bill, the commission is supposed to be appointed within 30 days of the school being notified.

"I don't know if it is, they can use the date when they started talking about it, or if it's 30 days from the signature of the bill, or if it's 30 days of the enactment of the bill which would be 90 days from now. So, I don't know but my gut feeling would tell me this is all going to occur pretty quickly," said Schiavoni.

Once in place the commission will then select the state's first school C.E.O. Whose only criteria, according to Schiavoni, is an extensive background in management.

"They don't have to have any experience in education and then they get to set the curriculum, they get to do anything that you can ever imagine that a C.E.O. would want to do," said Schiavoni.

This includes the authority to replace school teachers and administrators, determine class size, and set compensation.

"There will still be a school board but, they will not have any ability to do anything other than make recommendations," said Schiavoni.

Those opposed to the changes are coming up with a strategy, Schiavoni calls a "True Youngstown Plan." The goal to give more of a balance between appointed officials, elected officials and the community.

He fears that with all the power in the hands of a C.E.O. Youngstown City Schools could eventually be dismantled.

"I'm not saying that is the goal with 100% certainly of the plan but, if we get a C.E.O. and they want to do that, they can based on the frame work of the bill," said Schiavoni.

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