Readers of this blog know that I supported David Lawrence for DPS superintendent, before the Rhonda Corr debacle and before the Libby Lolli chaos. Lawrence was a DPS grad, an athletic standout, a military veteran, with an entire career in the service of the Dayton community at various levels of increasing responsibility in the system culminating as “Chief of Innovation” at DPS.
The board, under the criminal leadership of Adil Baguirov and the incompetent cast of cronies, “went in another direction” and didn’t even pick Lawrence as a finalist. There were three- Dan Schoer who is not the Superintendent of Springboro and doing incredible things, Dr. Roberson who bailed out of the district under Lolli to be replaced by another queen of chaos. And Corr, who put Lawrence in a corner and gave him a buyout. Lawrence can’t thank her enough in retrospect. He’s been working on his PhD in Educational leadership and last year took the help at Northmoor Elementary, a mile and a half from his home. The school has a solid report card and is looking at the largest incoming class of 2nd graders ever.
Here is the most pertinent fact to consider about David Lawrence in charge: 0 teacher turnover, and 2 new hires for next year.
As to Lolli, I predict that DPS won’t be able to put enough teachers in classrooms next fall to open all buildings. That they had to close WOW (Residence Park Elementary) one day this year because of teachers not showing up, is indicative of the health and morale of the district.
Here I have to pull some quotes from former DPS board member Mario’s facebook posts: