Month later, no hearing for embattled Dayton superintendent

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Month later, no hearing for embattled Dayton superintendent

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Superintendent Rhonda Corr addresses allegations from Dayton Public Schools with her attorneys, Jon Paul Rion (left) and David Duwel. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

One month after Rhonda Corr was put on paid administrative leave, there is still no pre-disciplinary hearing scheduled for the embattled Dayton Public Schools superintendent.

DPS attorney Jyllian Bradshaw said this week that the hearing was “in the process of being rescheduled.” The hearing was originally scheduled for Dec. 13, after the school district spelled out its complaints against Corr in a hearing notice Nov. 28.

That notice said the school board was “considering disciplinary action” which “may include termination” of her contract. Bradshaw said she could not comment on whether anything has changed in the discipline process.

David Duwel, one of the attorneys for Corr, said Wednesday that her team was not aware of any changes, and confirmed that there was no meeting set yet.

Without mentioning Corr by name, Dayton teachers union President David Romick told the school board Tuesday night that he is “cautiously optimistic” for the district because of changes he has seen in the past month.

“Over the last several weeks, I have had more meetings with central administration than I had in the entire year and a half prior,” Romick said, then purposely repeated “year and a half,” which mirrors the time Corr served as superintendent. “The tone, tenor and conduct of those meetings has been productive and focused on solving issues that affect our teachers and the students they serve.”

The district’s pre-disciplinary hearing notice accused Corr of creating a hostile working environment that affected central office administrators.

On Tuesday night, Romick told the board, “The tone and tenor of the central administration building has changed.”

Corr could not be reached for comment.

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