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Youngstown school CEO appointment still on hold

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A new court ruling continues placing a hold on the process of appointing a Chief Executive Officer to oversee Youngstown's troubled city schools.

The Seventh District Court of Appeals issued an order on Tuesday that prohibits the Youngstown School Distress Commission from meeting until it can decide whether or not an appointee to that commission is qualified to serve.

Under a state law enacted last year, it is the task of the Distress Commission to appoint the school CEO, who will have sweeping decision making powers over the future of the district.

A CEO cannot be appointed until all seats on the Distress Commission are filled.

In January, Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Lou D'Apolito ruled that a commission appointee is not qualified to hold the position.

School Board President Brenda Kimble had appointed her cousin, Carol Staten, to the commission.

The state law says that the position must be filled by a teacher, and the Youngstown Education Association successfully argued that Staten is not actually a teacher.

The court order also prohibited the commission from meeting until an acceptable member is found.

The appellate court has set an April 7th hearing on the challenge to the lower court ruling.

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