Dayton Public Schools ends agreement with Superintendent Ward

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Public Schools has ended its contract with school Superintendent Lori Ward, announced Wednesday.

The school will search for its new superintendent for the 2016-2017 school year, according to a statement from the Dayton City Schools District Board of Education.

In a statement from the school, the change comes “after agreement was not met on new contract terms with Superintendent Lori Ward.”

“The process was pretty fluid. There were negotiations, several offers to stay. Both parties negotiated in good faith but unfortunately we could not come to terms,” said Dayton Board of Education member, John McManus.

McManus wasn’t able to get into specifics of the disagreement, only stating that certain new details of contract were the issue.

Ward was employed at the school for 21 years, according to the school district.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the students, staff, and families of Dayton Public Schools for 21 years, the last six years as Superintendent,” stated Ward.

Superintendent Lori L. Ward.
Superintendent Lori L. Ward.

Ward will remain superintendent until her current contract expires June 30th. The district is now taking applications to fill the spot but it’s not looking for just anybody.

“What I’m looking at the most is who has a plan. Who has great ideas to yield the short term results that we need in order to avoid a state takeover,” McManus said.

Currently, the district is on the state’s Distress Commission list for under performing.

“There are all kinds of other challenges that are being thrown on us that are not of our making,” said Dayton Board of Education president, Adil Baguirov.

According to Baguirov, Dayton Public Schools is also the second poorest district in Ohio.

“This is a job for a very special person. A person who’s not afraid of challenges and who is ready to implement all the best practices. Being very bold, innovative and who can lead the district in the right direction,” he said.

The Board president also wrote a statement regarding Ward’s departure.

“The Board is deeply grateful to Ms. Ward for her service to the children of Dayton Public Schools,” Adil Baguirov, Ph.D., board president said in a statement. “On behalf of all seven Board members, we wish her only the best in her future professional endeavors.”

 

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