Krish Mohip's tenure as Youngstown City Schools CEO is over. School spokesperson Denise Dick says Mohip is going on Family Medical Leave, effective immediately. 

The news was first reported by our print partner, The Vindicator. 

Chief Academic Officer Christine Sawicki will take over as CEO until further notice or until new CEO Justin Jennings arrives on August 1. 

Mohip's contract expires July 31. 

He became the districts first CEO in 2016 after a new state law was enacted for failing school districts. Under the broad authority the law gives to the CEO, Mohip ordered sometimes controversial changes in the district.

The law which created the CEO job was the center of a long-running court battle mounted by teachers and even members of the Board of Education.

In addition, Mohip's home was the target of vandalism three times last year, just some of the reasons cited by Mohip when it was revealed that he was seeking employment at other districts.

Mohip says the district has made incredible progress during his tenure. 

“Indeed, the learning atmosphere and decrease in negative student behaviors is a direct reflection of the progress happening within our buildings," he said. “I firmly believe it is these and other achievements, together with the progress reflected in several areas in the 2017-2018 state report card, that will ultimately drive our district to exceed expectations.”

According to a statement issued by the district in 2018, under Mohip's leadership, the city schools saw a 39 percentage point increase in the Gap Closing component of the most recent state report card compared to the 2016-17 report card, from 3.3 percent to 42.3 percent.

The Gap Closing component shows how well the district met the performance expectations for the most vulnerable students in English language arts, math, graduation, and English language proficiency.

In addition, the statement also said that the YCSD also improved in closing the reading gap among African-American students. The reading gap is a measurement of the percentage difference between the actual performance of African-American students compared to the state average.