DPS Business Manager Gary Dickstein will resign June 30 at the end of the school year. Dickstein, who was hired in October 2019, has overseen many of DPS’ operational adjustments tied to COVID, as well as contracting millions of dollars in school renovations approved by the school board.
Dickstein, who worked more than 25 years at Wright State, said Tuesday he is still weighing his next step.
DPS often has significant leadership turnover. In 2020, the district lost an associate superintendent and its chiefs of curriculum and special education, replaced its athletic director and executive director of transportation and went through two chiefs of human resources.
That second associate superintendent position has not been filled, but Lolli said she’s used to working with only one, veteran Shelia Burton. But she called the looming business manager vacancy “problematic” and said the district is already talking about posting that job.
Odds and ends
** On the continuing building renovation work, the board approved an $827,700 contract with Waibel Energy Systems to upgrade the HVAC and building automation systems and at Stivers and Wogaman schools. They also approved $1.1 million in security camera upgrades for 10 more DPS buildings by Graybar Electric.
** New union contracts with 2% raises were approved for both clerical and operations staff represented by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees. The district’s bus drivers are now the only union still working under an expired contract.
** Two DPS bus drivers complained to the board about Lolli’s statement on Facebook last week that driver absences were hurting families’ ability to get to school. The drivers say it led to parents and students taking their frustrations out on other drivers who go above and beyond the call of duty. Lolli and several board members responded, saying they appreciate the work of DPS’ many dedicated drivers.
** The board approved a new mentoring collaborative between the district’s Males of Color office and Wilberforce University, specifying ways the groups will work together.