Dayton Public Schools hosted a town hall meeting last night at the Dayton Boys Preparatory school, just weeks after announcing the departure of Superintendent Lori Ward.
Ward spent the meeting, which was held in partnership with the NAACP, outlining how the district ended up at risk of a state takeover, and how they plan to recover.
“We went through 3 years of almost 150 teachers leaving the district," Ward said to the crowd. "So strategy: all buildings will be staffed with effective teachers and provided high quality on-going professional development.”
Ward also said the district has redesigned its reading curriculum, created health initiatives, and begun providing new mentorship programs.
Ward is set to leave Dayton Public Schools in June due to a contract squabble with the school board. She says she’s confident that the district can improve, but only if leadership sticks with the plan.
“When new people get involved, things tend to kind of shift, and I think if you look at some of the high performing districts...they never swayed from a focus.”
The district has until 2018 to boost test scores before the state steps in.