YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) — Southside Academy will move to a new building this summer and then will be under new management.
Southside Academy will call the old school building at St. Patrick’s Church on Oak Hill Avenue in Youngstown home on July 1. The charter school will re-locate from the old South High School on Market Street, where it first opened in 2010.
“What we’ve been doing isn’t working. So, we have to bring in more resources to help our children and put our resources into those things that are going to help kids and not just buildings and profit,” Board Member Reverend Kenneth Simon said.
Along with the move, the school’s board decided on new management. It will be operated by the Educational Empowerment Group out of Akron.
“One of our biggest things is that we want to get back to tying the school into the community,” Educational Empowerment Group’s CEO Reggie Ray said.
They already have established a relationship with the Oak Hill Collaborative and the Needle’s Eye to help provide students with resources and services in the area.
“It’s really important to keep the activity going on Oak Hill Avenue and that’s why it’s important for me to do whatever I can to help because I want them to thrive and survive. I want them to get bigger and better,” Pat Kerrigan of the Oak Hill Collaborative said.
Southside Academy has roughly 230 students. Rev. Simon hopes this move increases enrollment and improve the school’s report card from failing to passing grades.
“Hopefully, with our new management company, the board, and community involvement, parental involvement is essential, I think we’ll give our children a better chance and we’ll see some improvement in our test scores,” Simon said.