Youngstown schools superintendent Justin Jennings resigns
Justin Jennings, former CEO and superintendent of the Youngstown City School District since 2019, has announced his resignation after a series of 21 News Watchdog Reports that have looked into questionable spending by the district while under state control.
In a memo obtained by 21 News sent to YSCD board members Monday, Jennings will resign effective June 30 for personal reasons.
School Board member Juanita Walker says she's sad to see Jennings leave, but tells us the district will "continue moving forward and continue doing all the great things [the board] is doing in the district."
Jennings has received widespread attention following a 21 News investigation that revealed several mismanaged funds including a failed citywide COVID-19 tests for students during a time when they were offered for free and a paperless payroll plan.
The email from Board President Tiffany Patterson stated, "Good afternoon board members, I just met with Superintendent Jennings and to my total shock and disappointment he offered me his resignation effective June 30, 2023.