“We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but we also have a lot of good people,” Corr said. “And we CAN do this work together, on behalf of kids.”
Corr’s contract is slightly more generous than Ward’s last contract, with the same base salary of $150,000, an annuity payment of $30,000 ($5,000 more than Ward’s), and the same $1,500 per month to cover expenses and mileage.
But Corr’s contract also has bonus opportunities, calling for $5,000 each if DPS meets the state’s third-grade reading indicator, or earns a “C” or higher in overall student growth, or has a school named a blue-ribbon school.
Corr’s first year has been a bit of a roller coaster. Days after she was hired, DPS faced strife with the city of Dayton over dueling levy plans to address preschool funding. That was followed in August by problems with district busing of students, then a monthlong controversy over the layoffs and job switches Corr proposed, many of which were eventually postponed.
But the district’s improved results on the state report card, highlighted by an “A” in student growth, overshadowed many problems. The district also won more than $10 million in school improvement grants last month and started planning for a dramatic increase in training and help for teachers and staff.
Teachers union President David Romick acknowledged this school year hasn’t been smooth sailing, but he took a positive approach.
“We look forward to a good working relationship with her and believe that a longer-term contract will lend itself to some consistency and additional good things happening in the district,” Romick said.
Corr said there are still many changes to be made, but added she’s confident in the district’s direction.
“One thing I’ve uncovered about Dayton is that there are a lot of layers of things that need to be fixed, tweaked, changed completely,” she said. “We need a solid curriculum and we’re working on that. We also need better teacher training, better principal training, making sure that we’re holding everyone accountable, including ourselves.”