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New Youngstown schools CEO focused on academics

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

He's due to takeover in August, but the new CEO of Youngstown City Schools was an interested observer at the latest meeting of the state appointed distress commission. And he likes what he sees so far.

"Being here yesterday and today the community is ready for a change, they're willing to be involved and I think that's just one of the steps in the right direction when it comes to turnaround opportunities," CEO Justin Jennings said.

Jennings says the turnaround goal is to elevate Youngstown from it's ranking near the bottom of Ohio's 600 school districts.

 "Yes, academics, we're here for our scholars to learn that's the priority and it's a priority that everybody has to take whether it's members of the school board, members of my cabinet ,the commission or the community," Jennings said.

Both Jennings and the commission chairman say that working together will be a key part in moving the district forward.

"The last thing we want to do is create further divide in this district, we'd rather bring people together," Commission Chairman Dr. John Richard said.  

While the CEO is granted full authority over school operations, Jennings says he wants the school board to be more involved. 

"Getting the school board involved in what's going, on decision making and doing different things like that i think is definitely a part of the process," 

To that end, a joint work session between the commission, the school board and the CEO will be held next month.  

Since current CEO Chrish Mohip has left the district on family leave the commission says they would like to have Jennings take his position early if it can be worked out with the Michigan district he will be leaving.
 

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