A conversation between a Dayton Public Schools principal who is leaving and Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Lolli, recounted third hand goes something like this:
Lolli- “are you leaving because of me?”
And here you have the primary reason Lolli should never have been put in charge of a failing urban district. She thinks the superintendents position is about her.
It’s the reason she’s destroying the district faster than believable. Her constant moving of people and positions without any understanding of the importance of relationships and continuity have caused uncontrollable chaos in the district, with these two stories coming less than 2 weeks into the school year:
Dunbar football player head-butts ref
A Dunbar High School football players faces punishment after he assaulted a referee Saturday night during the team’s nonleague game at Welcome Stadium against Cincinnati’s Roger Bacon.
Dunbar was down 23-8 with seven minutes left in the first half against Roger Bacon when the player head-butted a referee after it looks like the player had been ejected from the game. The player was wearing a helmet when the assault happened.
Dunbar had been called for three unsportsmanlike penalties that night, prior to the assault.
Following the head-butt, the referees called the game and both team exited the field.
“The Dayton Public Schools are dealing with the student who chose to behave in a manner unbecoming of DPS athletes,” Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said in a statement. “The Dayton Public School District extends a sincere apology to the referee involved in the incident, as well as the Roger Bacon and Dunbar athletes, referees, coaches parents and spectators who were not able to play in or watch the event.”
“Never seen anything like it in 35 years being around the game,” Roger Bacon defensive backs coach Tommy Watkins told WCPO Cincinnati.
Ben Ferree of the Ohio High School Athletic Association said the state organization will investigate the incident.
Asked about what punishment the Dunbar player faces, Ferree said in his seven years with OHSAA he could not remember an incident in which a player assaulted a referee.
“This is new to me,” Ferree said.
Chaos erupts at Thurgood Marshall after principal change
In two separate incidents last week, one Thurgood Marshall High School teacher was arrested on a complaint of assault against a student, and another teacher was injured while trying to break up an altercation.
On Wednesday, art teacher Yolanda Brown, 54, was arrested at the high school on a complaint of misdemeanor assault against a 14-year male, according to a Dayton Police Department report.
Dayton Public School Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli would not comment on the incident, saying it remains under investigation…
Romick confirmed he was aware of a separate incident Tuesday, in which a different teacher was injured while trying to break up an altercation involving students. He said that teacher has been given materials to apply for assault leave under terms of the union’s contract.
Lolli again would not comment other than to say the incident was under investigation, and that school officials do not believe the two incidents were connected.
Lolli would not say whether any students have been arrested or disciplined as a result of either incident, citing privacy laws…. Lolli dismissed any concern of a larger issue.
“There is no concern about the climate at Thurgood Marshall.
The students are in a safe and secure learning environment,” she said, adding, “School districts always analyze events to help evaluate processes. We are following the same procedures we normally follow.”
Lolli’s focus on her version of transformation which includes strict sucking up to her and her belief that all that needs to change is students need to show up for school (now, we’ve moved from less than 10 missed days to less than 5) and the teachers all need to implement the “Marzano method” and this will magically solve all problems.
She has taken schools that were high performing (relative to DPS) and cut their hearts out by “promoting” their principals to new positions that have done nothing to move the needle on academic achievement. Most notably- removing former DPS Superstar Erin Dooley from her beloved and successful Stivers School for the Arts and put her over all high schools academic performance. She “promoted” Sharon Goins from Principal of Thurgood Marshall to some other position- and now TMHS is a trainwreck, one week into the year.
Other administrator moves, too many to even catalog, resulted in something like 75% of the district’s schools having new principals this year, the second year of Lolli’s three-year and out retirement package, offered by a board that ignored all of her previous failings in smaller, non-urban districts. Lolli has never completed a contract as superintendent for good reason, as we’re starting to see now.
The Dunbar football program was one of the best in the State for years under Dunbar AD Pete Pullen and the Powell Family of coaches. When former district AD LaMark Baker, who someone is still employed by the district (as a truancy officer), had a hair-brained idea to throw a game so two DPS teams could make the playoffs, she fired the wrong folks. The district is barely off probation for that major screw-up and now, this. Never mind the basketball coaches she replaced Coach Pullen with were one and done failures as well.
Now, OHSAA is once again looking at DPS and wondering who let these frauds run an athletic program. Unfortunately, only the kids will suffer.
The School Board has shown zero interest or capacity to admit that Lolli is an emperor with no clothes. Considering the previous board hired and fired the woman who hired Lolli (Rhonda Corr) and that since Lolli has been in charge the number of lawsuits, HR issues and discipline issues in the district has multiplied at an astronomical rate- you would think any thinking school board would put a stop to this nonsense sooner than later.
There is no question the district is headed for a breakdown, the only question at this time is who will be the next pinata for the dysfunctional district and when? Lolli desperately wants her three years at $200K a year to pad her retirement- and this board is happy to help. However, her risk of a mental breakdown increases as each school implodes.
My prediction for next emergency superintendent for DPS when Lolli can’t handle the heat of the kitchen- or three new board members this January, is that Belmont Principal Dr. Donetrus Hill gets a battlefield promotion. The only question is how fast he’s allowed to fire Dr. Sheila Burton who sits number two to the last three failed leaders in DPS HQ. Until she leaves, no real change will come.
Watch for more stories, even more outlandish than these two, in the coming weeks. It’s only going to get worse, because, well, Dr. Lolli, it all really is because of you.
Does anyone else wish that the School Board had hired internal candidate, local legend, David Lawrence instead of Corr now? This is the aftermath of what happens when you let a Russian trained troll on your school board and allow him to run the show, and fail to follow the law.