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Dayton School Board Outlines Reasons For Disciplinary Action Against Superintendent

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
Liam Niemeyer

After one week, the Dayton School Board has revealed their reasons for placing Superintendent Rhonda Corr on administrative leave. Among other things, Corr is accused of creating a hostile work environment for district employees.


Documents released by the school district outline several long-standing complaints about Corr’s behavior and paint a picture of dysfunction at the district’s central office.  

In a pre-disciplinary hearing report released Tuesday, DPS alleged Corr said she was ill, arrived late and slept through a mediation session during the district’s drawn-out teacher contract negotiations last summer. The board claimed Corr’s employees felt bullied and undermined by her, and that she failed to effectively communicate with her staff or the school board.

The district also alleged Corr used her position as superintendent to promote her quote “self-interest.” The report explains Corr lobbied for life insurance to be made available for domestic partners. Corr then bought a policy for her partner, who died shortly afterward. The district claims Corr was also legally married to another person during this time.

Corr denied the allegations through her attorneys at a press conference Wednesday.

Corr’s most recent performance evaluation, issued in October of this year, was positive. The board did not directly reference the complaints highlighted in Tuesday's report.

Corr, who was hired in June 2016,  was placed on paid administrative leave November 21. She will be given the opportunity to respond to the board’s allegations at a disciplinary hearing on December 13.