Dayton school board may vote on Corr’s fate Tuesday

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Dayton school board may vote on Corr’s fate Tuesday

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Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr has been on paid leave since November.

Dayton’s school board may have reached a separation agreement with Superintendent Rhonda Corr.

The board has called a special meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday, and the agenda calls for a vote on an unspecified resolution concerning Corr.

The meeting notice says the board will immediately go into closed executive session “to consider the employment, dismissal, discipline, or compensation of public employees and to investigate charges and complaints against a public employee.”

Neither school board President William Harris nor vice president John McManus could immediately be reached for comment Sunday. David Duwel, one of Corr’s attorneys, also could not be reached for comment.

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 has been delayed, according to attorneys on both sides.

In many school districts, similar cases have been resolved by negotiating a financial settlement, paying the employee a portion of their remaining salary in exchange for their resignation and a promise from both sides not to sue as long terms are upheld, according to Tom Ash, director of governmental relations for the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.

Corr is less than one year into a three-year contract that pays her a $150,000 base salary, plus significant fringe benefits.

In rare cases, including this month’s situation in Northwestern schools near Springfield, a superintendent who has been on leave during an investigation returns to the job with only reprimands.

Tuesday’s meeting agenda does not specify the details of what the board will vote on.

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