Board member: Vote Tuesday means Dayton school boss likely ‘won’t be back’

Dayton Public Schools appears ready to officially cut ties with ousted Superintendent Rhonda Corr at a school board meeting Tuesday night.

The agenda calls for a vote on an unspecified resolution concerning Corr, after an executive session “to consider the employment, dismissal, discipline, or compensation of public employees and to investigate charges and complaints against a public employee.”

EARLIER: 8 weeks and $25K later, DPS chief still on leave

School board member Sheila Taylor indicated Monday that Corr’s time as superintendent may be over.

“We haven’t voted on it yet, so it’s not finalized,” Taylor said. “But yeah, it’s pretty much my understanding that she won’t be back.”

Corr’s lawyers could not be reached for comment.

RELATED: Here’s why DPS put Superintendent Corr on leave

The school board put Corr on paid administrative leave in November, accusing her of unprofessional behavior, creating a hostile work environment and falsifying documents. Corr’s attorneys pushed back, saying the allegations were weak and made no sense coming just after an excellent performance review.

For more than a month, Corr’s planned pre-disciplinary hearing was delayed, according to attorneys on both sides. In some other Ohio school cases, attorneys have used that time to negotiate buyout agreements.

“I don’t think there’s going to be any more meetings or any more negotiations or anything like that,” Taylor said of Corr’s case. “(Tuesday night) will be final.”

RELATED: School board gave Corr glowing review in October

Tom Ash, director of governmental relations for the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, said last month that separation agreements are the most common outcome in this type of dispute. The school district generally pays the employee a portion of her remaining salary in exchange for her resignation and a promise from both sides not to sue.

Corr is six months into a three-year contract that pays her a $150,000 annual base salary, plus significant fringe benefits — a $30,000 per year annuity, $1,500 per month for car mileage and expenses, plus DPS paying her required $21,000 per year pension contribution.

Taylor said Monday that Dayton’s school board has not yet begun a search for a new superintendent.

RELATED: Task force meets; Lolli says DPS not closing 9 schools

Elizabeth Lolli has served as acting superintendent since Corr was put on leave Nov. 21. Lolli was promoted from her role as DPS associate superintendent for teaching and learning. She previously served as superintendent in the Monroe and Barberton school districts.

Dayton teachers union President David Romick has twice complimented the work done by Lolli so far.

Four weeks after Lolli was promoted, Romick told the school board that meetings with central administration had quickly become more frequent and productive, adding, “The tone and tenor of the central administration building has changed.”

Last week he said that, under Lolli’s leadership, DPS has fixed its curriculum problems and is headed in the right direction academically.

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