Panel approves 20 names to be considered for new Youngstown School Board
The superintendent's panel that was tasked with nominating candidates for possible appointment met Thursday night.
The panel approved 20 names that will be passed along to Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown for his consideration.
Mayor Brown will pick five of the 20 candidates to be on the next school board.
It's unclear as of this writing when Brown will decide on those five names.
The current school board filed a temporary restraining order against Mayor Brown, and lawyers from both sides agreed they would stand down until the Ohio Supreme Court rules whether House Bill 70 is constitutional.
State Superintendent of Public Construction Paulo DeMaria told 21 News, "I THINK THE JUDGE WEIGHED THE DIFFERENT REQUESTS BEING MADE BY THE VARIOUS PARTIES and UNDERSTOOD THE SUPREME COURT WAS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE PROVISIONAL LAW THAT WAS AT ISSUE AND MADE A DECISION THAT HE HAS THE RIGHT TO MAKE."
Here is the list of the people nominated for consideration by the superintendent's panel:
- Kimberly Benson – nominated by Justin Jennings
- Kelan Bilal – nominated by Jeremy Batchelor
- Barbara Brothers – nominated by Justin Jennings
- James Brown -nominated by Rikki Queener
- Maurya Brown -nominated by Rikki Queener
- Jolyn Bush – nominated by Jane Haggerty
- Kenneth Donaldson – nominated by Jeremy Batchelor and Germaine Bennett
- Barbara Zban Flinn – nominated by Germaine Bennett
- George Freeman Jr. - nominated by Justin Jennings
- Ruthie D. King – nominated by Justin Jennings
- Andrea Mahone – nominated by Justin Jennings
- Barbara Lynn Mitchell -nominated by Rikki Queener
- Tiffany Patterson – nominated by Germaine Bennett and Thomas DeGenova
- Jan Pentz – nominated by Jane Haggerty
- Jane Sadinski – nominated by John Richard
- Nia Simms – nominated by Thomas DeGenova and Justin Jennings
- John J. Spivey Jr. - nominated by Germaine Bennett
- Lois E. Thornton – nominated by Germaine Bennett
- Harry C. Turner – nominated by Justin Jennings
- Juanita Walker
This is all happening because the Youngstown School District has earned "Fs" on at least its last four state report cards.