Three Dayton school board members won’t run for re-election

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Three Dayton school board members won’t run for re-election

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Dayton school board member Hazel Rountree (left, with board member Adil Baguirov) said she will not run for re-election in November. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

UPDATE @7:05 a.m.

Dayton school board member Adil Baguirov said early Wednesday that he will not run for re-election in November either, meaning the board will have at least three new faces come January.

Baguirov said he never intended to serve more than one term, and said he achieved campaign promises of increasing technology use in the district, improving cultural and academic curriculum, and bringing greater financial transparency and accountability.

“While being on the board, I realized that most of the K-12 educational decisions are actually made in Columbus at the State Capitol,” Baguirov said in an email. “(I’m) exploring a run for the state House of Representatives. Either way we still have a lot to do at DPS till the end of the year, so that will continue to be my attention.”

FIRST REPOR T

Dayton school board members Hazel Rountree and Ron Lee both said Tuesday that they will not run for re-election in November.

Dayton’s four-seat board of education race could be a very crowded one, as 15 people have already taken out petitions to run – by far the most for any race in the county.

The Montgomery County Board of Elections has not certified any candidates for the race yet, and the deadline is not until Aug. 9. Election officials caution that not all people who take petitions eventually run, and some don’t get enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot.

The terms of two other incumbents also expire this year. Twelve-year Dayton Public Schools board member Joe Lacey has taken out petitions to run for re-election, but recent board president Adil Baguirov has not.

Baguirov, finishing his first four-year term, was not at Tuesday’s school board meeting and could not immediately be reached for comment.

Rountree, finishing her first term, expressed frustration at the inability to make the type of major changes she felt were needed to sufficiently improve a large school district. Lee, who has served on Dayton’s school board for 10 years, said his decision not to run in November was for personal reasons.

Both Rountree and Lee mentioned the difficulty of increasing local success in a system beset by constant changes from state and federal officials.

“I am absolutely committed to public education, and I think we all need to reaffirm our commitment to public education … because it is in a vulnerable position,” Rountree said. “After deep and reflective consideration, I think I can serve more effectively in a different venue.”

The full list of people who have taken petitions to possibly run for Dayton school board in November is: Joe Lacey, Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Paul Bradley, Donald Domineck Jr., Shondale Dorise, Anne Marie (Mario) Gallin, William Harris Jr., Donna Hill, Claudia Hunter, Tommy McGuffey Jr., Thomas Nealeigh, Jocelyn Rhynard, Dion Sampson, Jo’el Thomas-Jones and Karen Wick.

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