Rhonda A Corr fired for being a sociopath and a polygamist?

The meeting was short. It wasn’t full of drama. Why? Rhonda Corr and Adil Baguirov weren’t in the room. The issues of the preschool staffing were presented professionally, and then, they named Jeff Ireland to be the hearing officer for the disciplinary hearing to fire Rhonda A. Corr.

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Short Document outlining the reasons to fire Rhonda Corr. Clickable PDF

There is a long document, and a short one. I’m posting so you can read each, as much as you want.

When I posted about her divorce and DUI yesterday, I said these weren’t big enough to warrant firing her. They weren’t- except, there seems to be a question of if she was divorced from her husband, before marrying her wife.

On July 1, 2016, you marked on your W-4 form that you are single and then signed the form under penalty of perjury. Court documents reveal that you filed for divorce from your spouse on October 3, 2017, whom you had married on July 7, 2007. The Board had no prior information concerning your marriage.

and then this:

Shortly after your employment with the Board began in July 2016, you lobbied Human Resources to make life insurance available to employees’ spouses and domestic partners as a rider to the Board’s Hartford insurance contract. The requested benefits were provided. You then purchased life insurance for a “domestic partner” who was already ill and passed away on October 15, 2016. You claimed and received death benefits for a domestic partner even though you were legally married to another person and had not obtained a legal separation.

To the intelligent friend who wrote me that I was wrong to bring up her marital status- I hope to see an apology. For the record, I don’t know who the person was she claimed as a domestic partner- both Cheryl Dzuro and Brad Saegert seem to still be alive and kicking.

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Long document, stemming from Dr. Winston EEOC complaint- click to download PDF

The rest of the report has to do with her foul mouth, unprofessional behavior, tardiness, falling asleep in negotiations, abscesses, lying… you know all the things that come with being a sociopath.

There is nothing in the “Predisciplinary Hearting Notice” about her unwillingness to investigate Dr. Baguirov, her patron saint’s residency. Hmmmm.

The fact that this came out a month after her glowing performance evaluation makes one wonder which board members should be drawn and quartered for signing off on the fiction (see last nights post where the drafts and final are both posted.)

There are still other smoking guns. I’m doing my best to find them all.

In the meantime- read them and weep- and know that esrati.com has been your primary source for this entire soap opera for the last year- unfortunately.

Onward!

 

 

What will cause Rhonda Corr to be shown the door?

From her first presentation to the community I thought Rhonda Corr wasn’t ready for running a district with as many problems as Dayton has. The last year and a half has shown I was right.

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Adil was still on the board this afternoon.

Tomorrow night, the Dayton Board of Education is set to meet in a hastily called extra meeting to discuss the issue of “preschool.” Note, there are no items to vote on, there is no posted set of options, or points of discussion. It’s the most uninformative agenda known to man. Until I pointed it out this afternoon- it also still had Adil Baguirov listed as a board member- but, that’s been fixed.

There is no mention of executive session, but, from what I’ve heard, there will be one.

I still don’t have a copy of the investigative report that was ordered by the board attorney after former Assistant Superintendent Dr. Markay Winston left the district and claimed discrimination. 

According to Board Member Joe Lacey, who spoke to the Dayton Daily News after the board meeting where Corr was put on admin leave, it wasn’t discrimination that was the cause, it was something else the investigators found.

This, of course, is what makes investigative reporting a challenge, and despite having lots of other stuff to do, I started digging.

First thing I found was that Dr. Winston hadn’t filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County, but Rhonda had filed for a divorce. Apparently, there was an issue with her filing locally, since her spouse lived in Cleveland still. There, I found the filing, and that there was a restraining order against both parties, however, the “rule 24” seems to be used on every divorce. The only surprise is that she’d been married to a woman.

She had filed to divorce a Cheryl A. Dzuro of Cleveland on 3 Oct of 2017. Dzuro currently works as an Athletic Director for Cleveland Public Schools.

On the 20 of Oct, another divorce filing in Cuyahoga county was made– with Cheryl as the Plaintiff- and in the docket there was this entry:

DEFT’S MOTION TO DISMISS COMPLAINT FOR DIVORCE #405864 FILED NOVEMBER 6, 2017,IS HEREY GRANTED. ALL RESTRAINING ORDERS HERETOFORE ISSUED ARE RELEASED AND DISSOLVED. COSTS TO DEFT. O.S.J. NOTICE ISSUED COURT COST ASSESSED TO THE DEFENDANT(S).

They were married July 7, 2007 in Provincetown Ma, and “incompatibility” was cited for the reason for divorce. Never mind that Corr had moved to Chicago in 2013 and then to Indianapolis in 2015  and then to Dayton in 2016 , while Dzuro staid put. Timing of job changes and marriage don’t point to any problems from Cleveland with an inappropriate relationship between co-workers.

Divorce isn’t grounds for being put on admin leave, so goose egg there.

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Rhonda A Corr Resume- pre-Dayton. PDF- click to download

Searching for info on Corr was made more difficult because she’s gone by so many different names. When she first came to town- it wasn’t Corr-Dzuro, or Rhonda Dzuro, it was Corr- Sergert. Apparently she’d married Bradley J. Saegert March 15, 1986 in Loraine Ohio, when she was 20- and I couldn’t find the divorce. Brad has moved on from what I could see.

One little surprise was when she was still Rhonda Saegert, and was arrested and charged with DUI in 2002 in Elyria/Norwalk.  That isn’t cause for dismissal either, at least not with the speed that this board operated with.

It had to be something bigger. I started to think either she lied about qualifications, or committed a heinous crime. Checking all her names, and Cleveland, Chicago, Indianapolis and Dayton, I kept coming up with goose-eggs, but did find a copy of her resume.

Maybe it will come in handy for review when we finally find out what the investigation turned up.

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PDF of first and second drafts of Rhonda Corr performance evaluations- click to download

The only other item I had to review was the draft and final copies of her performance review. The two documents are as different as night and day. The first draft, done by and signed off by the committee which included Joe Lacey and Dr. Hazel Rountree said Rhonda still needed work in more than a few areas. She needed work on taking responsibility instead of blaming others, mediating and working with people she disagrees with, her insight on big picture items was questioned, district management and educational programs weren’t her strong suite either.

By the second draft- which was abbreviated, she needed work in Leadership skills, Responsiveness, Cooperation and Insight.

The final draft- signed off on by Dr. Walker and Ms. Corr, didn’t have any deficiencies. She was Wonder Woman. Normally on documents like this, the committee chair would also sign off- but McManus’s signature is absent.

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PDF of final Rhonda Corr performance evaluation- click to download

Ruminations of an intervention on this by Dr. Baguirov in his waning days of being the bully of the boardroom, were given as the reason the final review was so good. Of course, when the board can’t admit is made a mistake, the last thing you do is say so be evaluating your mistake as an A+ performer.

What’s crazy is that before the Board went into executive session, they were considering voting to give Rhonda reimbursement for something from 2016. I’d protested this late addition to the agenda, and as usual, the amount and reason for this action were missing.

I’ve requested that info as well and received nothing.

What will happen in the next days or weeks in the pending action against Corr will be interesting.

The real problem is that this important action is taking place with three lame duck board members, Dr. Rountree, Ron Lee and Joe Lacey (Baguirov resigned after I pushed the day after I proved he no longer lived in the district). The board rightfully added Rev. William Harris, the highest vote recipient in the November election. This puts the incoming board on the outside of the process- and leaves them with little room for legal input on the decisions being made. If Lee, Lacey and Rountree are just feeling a sense of responsibility for fixing their mess- fine, but wouldn’t it be better to do the hand-off sooner than later? Remember, the DEA had voted no-confidence in both the Superintendent and the board. Moving to the new board would help mend fences- since the DEA endorsed all of the new board members.

There are plenty of posts about Corr and her turmoil, going back to the mid-school year RIF that was miffed, the sale of properties, the failure to award contracts on their own timeline, the buyout of David Lawrence who was passed over by this board, her contract, the Mark Baker contract, the strike- the list is long. I didn’t ingratiate myself by writing this really long post back on Nov 17 of 2016, The calamity named Rhonda Corr or the more recent post where I called her, well, the headline says it all: Rhonda Corr, the sociopath superintendent, those aren’t words that come easily to post, but when you post every single job as a move against your core employees- there weren’t any other words to use. Yet, even after that fiasco, the school board president was willing to sign off on a glowing performance review.

When we finally do find out what caused the board to place Rhonda on admin leave, one has to ask if Dr. Walker, who signed off on the glowing review that didn’t match the early drafts, has any business staying on the board. I’ve called for all three to tender their resignations to the new board once they take office, since the DEA has no faith in them. These issues will need revisiting.

When the board first started interviewing Corr, a scathing comment warned off her unsuitability to lead anything more than an Easter Egg hunt, but I took it down because it included many unsubstantiated claims. Maybe soon, we’ll find out if they were true.

 

 

The real reason Mondays suck in Dayton

Unlike most of you working stiffs- I look forward to going to work every Monday.

What I don’t like is how a bunch of my favorite spots are closed today.

Can’t stop in to Twist Cupcakery to sugar up the troops.

Can’t go to Old Scratch Pizza, Linh’s Bistro, Texas Beef and Cattle, or grab dinner at Corner Kitchen or Roost Italian for eats.

However, when it comes to food, the probable cause is because you can get Buy One Get One pizza from Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory for pick-up on Mondays. Who can compete with that?

My picks? Classic Italian- a white pizza, or the Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch, but, he’s got lots of others.

Still doesn’t solve my Cupcake addiction, but, I hear there’s a new doughnut place on Brown Street that I should check out.

What else is closed on Monday that you really wish wasn’t? Has to be independent, locally owned.

 

 

 

Another corrections officer arrested

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Thomas Connor mugshot

A week ago Thursday, on Oct 17, 2017, Dayton Police arrested Montgomery County Jail Corrections Officer Thomas Conner, a 12 year veteran of the jail. Conner, 39, stands 6’2″ and weighs 220 lbs, and lives in Forest Ridge, was initially charged with domestic violence, but charges were dropped.

To demonstrate what C/O privilege is, he was booked at 0:43 and released at 12:20, which could be considered record time for a DV case where holds are usually at least 24 hours.

His wife works for the city. (updated Nov 26) Sources have told me that he wouldn’t let her out of the bedroom- and punched her in the face. His hand is hurt. Yet, the whole thing smells of a coverup.

We’ll probably never know the full story.

Early in his career, he was sent to an ethics class to retrain him on the appropriateness of calling black male inmates “boy.” He’s generally despised by inmates according to other corrections officers, often doing unnecessary searches and often hanging up inmate calls because he feels like it.

It’s obvious that Sheriff Phil Plummer has a problem in hiring people to run the jail. One lawsuit after another showcases incompetence at all levels. Domestic violence is a serious offense, and people who are supposedly trained to manage inmates in the most volatile environment should know better than to be charged for DV. If Connor was trained in deescalation tactics, this would have been a prime time to put that training to use- instead of using his fist.

 

 

Dayton Public Superintendent Rhonda Corr placed on leave, Lolli ascends

CYA (cover your @$$) was in full effect at yesterday’s Dayton Public School board meeting. As was misinform and misdirection.

That they didn’t announce why Assistant Superintendent Dr. Sheila Burton was in the center chair replacing Rhonda Corr was odd and should have set off alarm bells, but, this board does everything wrong, including being unable to publish a bona fide agenda, stick to an agenda, or actually properly follow Robert’s Rules. Dr. Walker, spent time explaining that “New Business” was for public comment by the board members- it is not. New business is for items that will require a board vote, nothing else.

It was announced that board member Dr. Hazel Roundtree was absent for “family matters.” It’s odd, that Dr. Rountree is routinely out when important votes are to be discussed, but, considering she’s never really been “all there” on this board since her attempt to run for Dayton City Commission 2 years ago, where she made her real aspirations known, who cares if she is there or not. She should have resigned when Baguirov left and let one of the elect’s step into her seat, as should have Lacey and Lee.

The first order of business was to install Rev. William Harris to Baguirov’s seat. He started up to the dais before being sworn in and had to reverse course.

Next up in public comments, yet another ad hoc organization has popped up, “The Dayton Africana Elders Council” where they hauled out grande dame of DPS teachers, Margaret Peters, to speak to the board about a pending decision on adoption of a text for high school students. Apparently, teachers are being blamed for not being willing to teach “The Mis-Education of the Negro” by Dr. Carter G. Woodson because it’s “too difficult” and they want to send it back. For those of you not familiar with it (I’m in the same boat) it’s considered a seminal text on education of minority students in this country, even though it was written in 1933. The basic premise of the book is that our schools are designed to give students a Euro-centric curriculum that justifies the oppression and cultural norms of white society, trying to push students into believing “what their place is” isn’t what it should be in post Civil Rights Act America.

The Elders Council offered to provide the needed professional development courses for teachers to be able to teach this book effectively, and as usual, the response from the board was deafeningly quiet.

Next up were complaints about busing woes and then fights leading to suspensions at Thurgood, where the parent accused the principal, Sharon Goins of allowing this to build, and even saying that Goins said to the students after the fight, “oh, you finally fought.” Walkers response was to send PR out “to get their contact information” as he is totally out of touch with the fact that the information is required on the speakers sheet. What should happen is that they direct the superintendent (the person they hire and control) to get a complete report back to them on the situation and how it was resolved- and set a date for completion, and thank the parent for bringing the issue to the board.

Hopefully, this is how things will run after the new board steps up.

School fighting and suspensions aren’t a PR issue in a competently run district, they are the issue for the Superintendent and her staff. All PR should do is make sure the community knows what the steps are to register a complaint and communicate the Superintendent and boards position.

I spoke- calling for a full investigation into Dr. Baguirov’s residency, and now that I was proven right, I should have gotten an apology, but I’ll accept resignations of the remaining board members and anyone else who is proven to fail to act.

Next faux pas was on the proper way to do a first and second reading. Hint, it actually does require two readings, and typically is done with time between so the public can comment. When you do them both at once- it is usually stipulated as an emergency, and then you have to read it twice. They did not. The policy was about changes in the law to allow for school personnel to administer meds- as in asthma inhalers, epi-pens etc. It needed to be done- but it needed to be done right.

The last bit of confusion got me hauled out of the room by security for a talking to was their attempt to do something to give Rhonda Corr pay for housing from 2016. I had looked at the agenda on Sunday and again on Tuesday. There were two posts. I didn’t see anything about this and spoke up.

They tried to claim it was there hidden under “New Business” hidden under “Board Discussion” “a motion to approve the Reimbursement expense for Superintendent Rhonda Corr?”

It was tabled. There weren’t details enough in this description for anyone to know if this was $50 for parking fees at the airport- or months of rent (which shouldn’t be their problem, they paid her big money to accept this job- housing is her problem.)

Then off to executive session- with the new board members in the room to “bring them up to speed.” The public meeting ended at around 7:15, they sent the new members home at 8:30 or so. They then returned to executive session and voted 6-0 to put Rhonda Corr on administrative leave due to findings in the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission complaints filed by Dr. Markay Winston (a Corr hire) and Connie Selano. Even though Dr. Elizabeth Lolli was named in the complaint by Winston, the board chose to put her in charge of the district with Corr’s pay and her existing benefits package.

This decision came close to midnight- and, the DPS video crew, security, and others, had to sit and wait it out, all on the clock.

Dayton Board of Education Meeting Part 2

November Business Meeting Part 2 11/21/17

Posted by Dayton Public Schools on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Early this morning in a text conversation, Dr. Lolli said to me that she will serve as long as the district needs. She looks forward to proving herself to the new board and has a deep love go the kids here and believes in the potential of the staff to turn this district around.

The other on hand superintendent possibilities are Dr. Sheila Burton, Dr. Greg Roberson (a finalist in the last superintendent pool), Erin Dooley, and maybe one or two others who have the credentials.

Considering this action by the old board, will have profound effect on the new board, it is a very strange mess we have ourselves in. With about 5 weeks left in their terms, should these three existing members be involved in cleaning their own mess up? And, since the others ignored the Baguirov eligibility issue- should they be trusted? Only in a dysfunctional district would have these questions. And, btw, the only board member being paid at this point in the year, is Rev. Harris. Ohio has a cap of $5K to pay a school board member annually, and our meeting happy board usually exhausts the funds by August each year.

Welcome to Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Lolli. Please put the train back on the tracks.