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Staff: Parental involvement improving in Youngstown City Schools

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

This weekend, East High School is hosting a conference to empower parents to take an active role in their children's education. Organizers say that over the last several years parental involvement has grown in the school and the district.

About 35 parents and guardians coming together to learn ways to help their kids succeed at East High and partner with staff.

"We're pleased, of course, we always want more. But it's summertime. We've increased our parental involvement throughout the year," said Jeremy Batchelor, the principal at East High School.

He said 100 people RSVP'd for the two-day conference this weekend in a district that has historically had low parental involvement.

"I would say over the last two years that (parental involvement) has increased exponentially and so we are trying to build off of that," Batchelor said.

Some credit outreach and others say successes like in athletics have generated excitement.

"I mean, we all want to feel good and when there are good things happening in our learning environment then that increases the involvement," he said.

Youngstown City Schools Chief of Family Engagement, Linda Hoey said that she doesn't judge parental involvement just by attendance at events like these. She has also noticed a difference in the last 15 to 16 years when they call families.

"The events are working. The information that we're giving them is working. They understand that we're here to help to support them with their child's academics, so they're not scared to answer the phone," she said.

Parent Fran Davis also appreciates that the district wants her feedback. 

"I've seen more people get involved. I've also seen a lot of parents now coming back to Youngstown City Schools that have taken their kids out which is a plus because I never thought we would see that and now we're starting to see the change," Davis said.

The conference continues on Saturday morning from 9 am until noon at the Metroplex Expo Center in Liberty.

The event is free, and both childcare and lunch are provided.
 

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