The return of David Lawrence to Dayton Public Schools

I’ve written about David Lawrence before. First as the new principal at Thurgood Marshall High School where he made great strides, then as he took the helm at the Dayton Regional STEM school.

That lasted exactly one year.

Last night, the Dayton Board Of Education made a smart move and brought homegrown talent back to the District and created a new position in the hierarchy:

Chief of School Innovation at the rate of $100,000.00 annually
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Lawrence, David

You can find it in the board minutes PDF here:

It would appear he also took a pay cut to come back. You can watch this WSU produced video about him:

The big question is how much impact can one person have on a district with over 800 teachers, 30 buildings and a student population that has 85% of the students eligible for the free lunch program?

The biggest question is who will the STEM school bring in to fill his shoes?

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