Dayton Superintendent’s contract not renewed

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Tuesday evening, Dayton’s Board of Education chose not to renew Superintendent Lori L. Ward’s contract.

According to district officials, Ward has been in this position for nearly 6 years, serving two terms. Her contract was renewed for that second term.

The Central State (B.S.) and University of Dayton (M.A.) graduate has served the district since 1995, working in various positions including a teacher, chief of business operations, executive director for information and educational technology, and assistant to her predecessor former Superintendent Kurt T. Stanic.

According to the district’s website, among her listed accomplishments for DPS are the following:

  • Establishing zero-based budgeting process tied to district needs
  • Strengthening parent engagement in Dayton Public Schools through creation of an Office of Family and Community Engagement
  • Increased the graduation rate  from 59.6% in FY10 to 72% in FY13

Ward oversees nearly 14,000 students and has focused on four points, “kindergarten readiness, third-graders reading on grade level, closing the achievement gap, and high school graduates who are college and career ready,” according to district officials.

2 NEWS has requested an interview with Superintendent Ward and Board President Adil Baguirov, Ph.D.

A statement from DPS spokeswoman Jill Moberley said, “The Dayton Board of Education voted yesterday to non-renew the contracts of Treasurer Craig Jones and Superintendent Lori Ward, in compliance with statutory deadlines outlined in the Ohio Revised Code. This procedural action allows the board to negotiate new contracts focused on increased accountability, measurable professional outcomes and best practices in the field of K12 education. This Board is committed to improving and modernizing our schools.”

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