Lori Ward is stepping down from her position as superintendent of Dayton Public Schools.
The school board decided not to renew the contracts of both Ward and treasurer Craig Jones in February. That move opened the doors to contract negotiations. Yesterday, the district announced they were unable to agree on new terms with Ward, who has served as superintendent since 2010. Since then, graduation rates have gone up, but the district’s performance on state tests has not improved.
School Board Member John McManus said they didn’t anticipate Ward’s departure, and are now working to speed up the hiring process.
“We have to get really good talent for the top of leadership at Dayton Public Schools, but this cannot be an extended process," said McManus. "We have to move very quickly.”
Ward will remain in her position through the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
On Thursday, the district revealed Craig Jones' contract would not be renegotiated. He's set to step down June 30.