6 finalists in running for Youngstown City Schools’ CEO position

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – There are six finalists in the running for Youngstown City Schools’ CEO position.

WKBN has learned that the following candidates will be interviewed Wednesday and Thursday by the Academic Distress Commission: 

— Donetrus Hill: currently a high school principal in the Dayton Public Schools

— Justin Jennings: currently superintendent of the Muskegon City Schools in Muskegon, Michigan

— Dr. Marion Smith, Jr.: currently executive director of learning improvements in Kent, Washington

— John Thomas: retired superintendent of the Delaware City Schools and Alliance City Schools in Ohio, who’s now a consultant for schools in Ohio

— Stephen Thompson: currently superintendent of the Willoughby Eastlake Schools and former superintendent of the Chagrin Falls Schools

— Andrew Tommelleo: currently works for the Mahoning County Educational Service Center and is the former superintendent of the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center

Before the board of education meeting Tuesday night, Board President Brenda Kimble said she was disappointed to learn no one from Youngstown was given a shot at an interview.

“If this law is meant to turn the school district back over to local control — and it seems to me that you would start now with having leadership locally that knows the district, that could work with the board and then turn it back over, but I guess the only hope that I have right now is that we all work collaboratively together.”

A final decision is expected by late April or early May.

The chosen candidate will fill Krish Mohip’s position. He announced last year that he would be stepping down in the summer when his contract ends. 

Mohip started with Youngstown City Schools in 2016 when the state created a CEO position to oversee the struggling district.

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