Warren school official: time to change the conversation

WARREN – It is time for the community to change the conversation about Warren City Schools, which have been seeing positive trends, despite confusing state report card scores, officials said.

Comparing some numbers from this time last year to the same time period in 2015, Superintendent Steve Chiaro said there is a lot to be happy about in the district. Enrollment is up district-wide by about 100 students, even after the state projected the city schools would lose at least 150 students a year, Chiaro said.

Not only are people moving into the district, or choosing the district through the state’s school choice program, but students who went to Warren’s Steam Academy charter school and the Warren John F. Kennedy Catholic schools in prior years are opting to enroll in Warren’s public schools, Chiaro said.

Because funding is awarded on a per-pupil basis, Chiaro said increased enrollment is good for the district’s budget. Inside the classroom, students are doing better too, Chiaro said.

Read more about the improvements in the Warren schools in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.