School board must go
In tonight’s first 3 hours of the School Board meeting the board split 4-3 in a vote to re-hire Superintendent Libby Lolli to a 1 year contract. Voting for Lolli were Jocelyn Rhynard, Gabriella Pickett, Joe Lacey and Chrisondra Goodwine. This was done, waiving the 48 hour rule, with zero deference to the public, not allowing them to review the contract, which sounded like ink hadn’t even dried on the paper.
Why there is such a rush to re-hire the Superintendent, who was hired without a background check or any vetting at all, by the superintendent from hell, Rhonda Corr (who supposedly went through all that via a search firm) is still not clear. In fact Will Smith, in his prep for his no vote, said that the last two times the board had used search firms- they’d failed, and that the one that hired Corr, started at the same time as this search was terminated.
Karen Wick Gagnet pointed out the disparity in performance between schools on the East side and the West side- and seemed to agree with me, that part of the Superintendents job is to prepare a successor, and that the only reason she had run again was to be part of picking the next superintendent. The third no, came from Dion Sampson. Just as a reminder, Sampson, Pickett and Smith are up for re-election this fall if they choose to run again.
If the board had listened to the Dayton Education Association leader Neil Mahoney, who spoke carefully but clearly, that this district has been losing people at a record pace, due to Lolli’s leadership by fear. Wick Gagnet brought up how having 17 substitutes at Edwin Joel Brown school was unacceptable. There is plenty of ammunition to fire Lolli, or at least not rehire her, but, the only candidate they could choose, David Lawrence scares the living daylights out of these racists.
Not only is he black, educated, a proven educational leader, a veteran, a DPS grad, apparently, he’s not “ready” to lead here. Because if you’re black, you have to be a yes man to the powers that be. Take his mentor, Jeff Mims as an example. Lawrence won’t cave to anyone, and that’s why he’ll be gone by June, snapped up by some larger district, who respects his skill set.
To think that a national search would find someone better or more qualified than Lawrence is only a fantasy of fools. But, there is really nothing stopping them from still doing it. They’ll just have lost their last hope for the district.
I still believe it’s Lolli’s mission in life to destroy the district so that charter operators can pick up all of our buildings for pennies on the dollar and turn the entire district into a charter school mecca. Count Goodwine, Lacey, Rhynard and Pickett in as her accomplices.
Lawrence is doing the same thing you all are accusing Dr. Lolli of. He’s not the DPS savior and he will ruin this district as a whole in less then a year. Why go backwards??? All he wants is revenge for being done wrong. They should have never let him step foot back in the district. He’s arrogant and conniving. If he cared so much about the students why not work with the superintendent instead of undermining her and attempting to turn the district on her for his own gain. You all don’t want what’s best for the students. Your willing to let go of progress because that is what Dr.Lolli represents PROGRESS. You can’t lead with a chip on your shoulder, Lawrence needs to go. Maybe he should seek therapy to help get over his past trauma with DPS. Not to mention he was just trending on Facebook with several accusations. He should seek revenge on his own time not our students.
I agree the school board needs more accountability, but I think you’re being a little reactionary, Dave. I think it’s important to remember she inherited a struggling school district and then the COVID-19 hit, which has put a toll on a number of systems. Many of these kids in primary and secondary education didn’t have adequate internet—among other things—during the pandemic and as a result are (at least) a grade-level behind. Did she try to mitigate the impact of COVID-19? Yes. Could she have done more? Definitely. I don’t know that David Lawrence is the answer, but I think giving Dr. Lolli an extra year is a reasonable stopgap.
@Caleb- obviously you didn’t listen to the part where the DEA chief expressed concern over multiple issues that Lolli is responsible for- including huge turnover and horrible morale.
There is no reason to not continue to look for a superintendent. They’ve been kicking this can down the alley for way too long.
Based on your previous comments about education, particularly, “And here’s the other killer- you don’t need 20 third grade teachers to teach online to 20 third grade classrooms- you need 1. In fact, you could teach all 12,000 kids in DPS with about a tenth of the teachers you have.”
You might want to sit this one out and watch your cratering primary results.
Wow, under 10%. Last of six. I guess Daytonians really, really, really don’t want you. Remember, I predicted this. But even I didn’t see the magnitude of your rejection.
I voted for you, sir. Thank you for your courage in trying to tackle the mess this city is. We need fundamental change, and the reason you wound up at the bottom of the election results is because people are scared of abandoning the money and the status quo. Sending my best.