State has failed to reimburse Youngstown City Schools for CEO’s salary, board says

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House Bill 70, passed by the Ohio Legislature, created a CEO to run the Youngstown City School District. His salary was to be paid by the district and reimbursed by the state but on Wednesday, we learned the state has failed to reimburse the district for two years. Some members of the Youngstown School Board are not happy about it.

The topic of the $170,000 salary of Youngstown CEO Krish Mohip came up at Wednesday night’s school board meeting. Deputy Chief of Finance A.J. Ginnetti said Mohip’s expenses are being paid by the school district and have not been reimbursed by the state.

Ginnetti said his own salary has also been paid by the district and also has not been reimbursed by the state for two years.

He said there is an email between himself and someone at the Ohio Department of Education on the reimbursement. Ginnetti told board members he would get that email to them.

“I didn’t realize we were paying his salary,” said board member Ron Shadd.

Shadd said there’s less money being spent in the classroom and he wants to change that.

“We’re in a real crisis here with getting our children to the academic standards that the state requires.”

Now that Mohip is leaving, the Academic Distress Commission overseeing the city schools wants the school board to pay the firm hired to search for a new CEO. That bill is $23,000.

Adair said she has “serious issues with that.”

“This expense belongs to Columbus. It does not belong to the Youngstown City School District.”

The school board also talked about a levy that’s up for renewal before the end of 2020. A majority of the board members are opposed to placing the renewal on the ballot right now until they see who the new CEO will be and where he or she stands on the district’s finances.

Mohip said he’s disappointed with the school board members’ position against putting the levy on the ballot.

“That levy generates about $5.3 million per year and it’s not new money. The levy was originally passed in 2008 and was renewed in 2012 and 2015. The need for funds it generates hasn’t gone away.”

If not on the May ballot, Mohip hopes the levy will be put on the ballot in November.

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