July 10 and Dayton Public Schools

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The HR report should just be called “Ch-ch-changes” and makes for fascinating reading. Click to download PDF

July 10 is the magic date to re-sign your contract with Dayton Public Schools. Sign it, and then resign after that, and the board tries to vote properly to sanction you for breaking the contract. Since Rev Harris has been elected, they rarely get the vote right.

However, it means this is when we see the churn. Typically about 20% of their employees bolt every year, which is high. Compare that to top performing schools like the one David Lawrence is taking over in Northmont- where no one leaves, you start to see a pattern.

Since the 48 hour rule precludes them from having a complete list before the “review session” tomorrow- but we still get a few glimpses on what’s happening.

Belmont gets a new Principal from Texas- probably thanks to Dr. Donetrus Hill, one of the few smart guys still left in the district. Welcome Dr. Toron Wooldridge, who seems to have a gap in employment since 2016 on his Linkedin. Quick notable fact, he was signed as a 6-0, 232-pound Inside Linebacker from Houston, TX to Texas A&M. He’s come a long way from  being a “Redshirt freshman … who sat out the regular season because of academic problems” to Ed.D. The gap in employment, may have been due to the loss of family members due to a distracted driver. Wooldridge made a push in Texas to adopt no-text while driving laws.

Change 2 is that Nelson Stone, formerly principal of the boys school, has now been assigned to Ponitz. This after he was first supposed to go to Meadowdale. Ray Caruthers went to be the Trotwood Madison HS principal.

Change 3- is that Norris Cole’s uncle is the new Dunbar Basketball coach. I don’t know if Lyle Cole can fill Pete Pullen’s shoes, but he sure can fill a whole teams worth of Chuck Taylors without much work. Amazing that Taylor still hasn’t been brought up on charges for perjury or to pay the district back the copious amounts of cash it wasted because he lied. Not sure if Cole is a teacher, which only seems to be important if your name is Powell and you’re part of a winning football program.

Change 4- the district let Jim Cole, the man who rebuilt the Dunbar Women’s Basketball team and was coach of the year last year- go. No replacement yet, and Cole was snagged by Fairborn. Watch the Lady Skyhawks take off.

In the good news department, Dr. Bob Buchheim got the message loud and clear after his second demotion in less than a year and left town.

The Office of Exceptional Children seems to be getting cleaned out after Dr. Roberson left with two more resignations.

There are a bunch of new supplemental pays for already well paid administrators- including District AD Shawna Welch- and Erin Dooley- but, we can’t tell if these are in addition to, or replacements for. Lolli likes handing out money to people at the top, and to lawyers.

There are also some new “Dean of Students” positions- which could just be a new way of putting people into assistant principal positions without having an actual principals license. Some superintendents have done this in the past- others wouldn’t.

And as a last insult to injury- when the last school board claimed it was broke in November of 2016 they fired Marijane Recob who had been running the Challenger Center at Kiser since it began. Now, they’ve hired 2 people for $40K each, to do what she did solo for about the same money. I’m guessing Marijane would have continued doing that job for $20K if it had been offered to her because she loved it that much.

We’ll see by the business meeting how many others decide to ditch the good ship Lolli-pop.



DPS shuffles principals like a Vegas blackjack dealer

Mr. Collins was my elementary school principal. Mr. Allison, my Jr. High Principal. Mr. Ferraro my High school Principal. All had been there before me- and were there after me. Management and team building works best when your leaders don’t change.

What we really have for Dayton Public Schools leadership

DPS leadership.

That’s not the way DPS will work under Superintendent Libbie Lolli. Continuity is her enemy. Relationships don’t matter. Corporate culture in her book is spelled F-E-A-R.

The one school Dayton has that is successful, Stivers, hasn’t had changes at the top- or the turnover that’s rampant everywhere else. You’d think that would be a lesson to learn from.

After pulling Melanie Walters from Belmont with 6 weeks left in the year- to be replaced with an ad hoc rotating principal du jour, she’s now making her new fantasy draft into reality- and we’re looking at a third of the buildings or more under new leadership.

This is a budding list- there are holes still not filled in. There has been no communication with the community. Competent PR would have properly positioned these moves and shared the rationale with the community.

Dr. Donetrus Hill from Meadowdale HS will be Belmont’s principal.
Nelson Stone who just went to Dayton Boys Prep at the beginning of this year- is now going to Meadowdale.
Carla Goins from Louise Troy will be at Charity Earley.
Shawna Welch is leaving Wright Brothers- Edison Principal Basharus Simmons is going to replace her at Wright Brothers Middle School.

Therman Sampson from Meadowdale PK-6 is going to Dayton Boys Preparatory – since Meadowdale PK-6 is now Valerie.

Do you need a scorecard… yet?

Ponitz is rumored to lose all Principal Ray Caruthers and both vice principals; Debra Corbin and Julie Nighswander. Former Belmont Principal Walters who is there as a Vice Principal now- was set to retire after this year.

Embattled Dunbar Principal Crystal Phillips is going to Wogaman.

Edison Principal Basharus Simmons is going to Wright Brothers Middle School.

No answers on Dunbar, Ruskin or Edison now. Ruskin still may lose their beloved Principal Jennifer Dearwester, even though the site either still has HR Chief Judy Spurlock listed as principal- or Spurlock is going back as principal- according to their website.

We’ll update this post as information comes through the back channels.

Another bone of contention- Summer School won’t be taught by DPS teachers under contract, but instead by temps hired for $3 hr less. This shows the kind of backstabbing disrespect Lolli has for the district staff and the impotence of DEA chief David Romick. Apparently, all Lolli had to do was hire Romick’s daughter to do social media for athletics and talk to Romick frequently to get him to side with the administration on this. I can’t even imagine hiring competent staff to teach on a temp 3 month contract, my own employees aren’t even ready for prime time until after 90 days most of the time.

And lastly, at the last meeting, the head of the bus drivers union mentioned that the district had so far failed to pay the retro-pay for other union contracts in a timely manner- and he was warning Lolli not to lollygag on paying his union. The retro pay was to make up for the negotiated raises to be paid retroactively to when the contract should have settled. We may still see a work stoppage or strike if Treasurer Hiwot Abraha doesn’t get her act together.

Chaos didn’t leave with the last board or last superintendent. The only hope for DPS parents is that enough of them sign up for Dayton Public Preparatory so they can take over the entire district and put students and staff first.


less than an hour after this post- Lolli sent the following email out:

We are happy to announce the following administrative changes for the 2018-19 school year. Congratulations to each of our leaders!!

Charity Adams Earley – Karla Goins
Dayton Boys Prep Academy – Therman Sampson
Edison – Jessica Reese
Wogaman – Crystal Phillips
Wright Brothers – Basharus Simmons
Belmont – Dr. Donetrus Hill
Dunbar – Dr. Sean Henry
Meadowdale High School – Nelson Stone
Have a wonderful weekend.
Elizabeth J. Lolli, Ph.D.
Dayton Public Schools
115 S. Ludlow Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 542-3530
Which still doesn’t answer some questions- but, hell, who cares who is in charge, state takeover is coming.