More changes to Dayton school leadership, including former candidate for superintendent

Dayton Public Schools will see some significant turnover in leadership positions in the coming months, especially in its special education leadership.

Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli told the school board Tuesday that Greg Roberson, chief of the Office for Exceptional Children, will leave DPS at the end of the school year. He has accepted the assistant superintendent’s position at the North College Hill school district in the Cincinnati area.

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Roberson, who was not at Tuesday’s board meeting, was one of three finalists for DPS’ superintendent post in the summer of 2016, when the district eventually hired Rhonda Corr.

The announcement of his departure comes just three weeks after the death of Cheryl Owens, who was a director in the Office for Exceptional Children, which handles special education. Lolli did not immediately announce any plans for transition in that office.

Elsewhere, Lolli told the school board that she will recommend non-renewing the contract of Venita Kelley, the district’s director of strategic communication and community relations, when that contract ends June 30.

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Kelley was hired last summer along with Marsha Bonhart, the district’s director of media and public relations, after some longtime communications staff retired or resigned.

Asked about the move, which the board will vote on next week, Lolli said DPS is “reducing our public relations department to an appropriate size.” Kelley could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. She and Roberson are two of DPS’ eight “executive cabinet” leaders.

Lolli said the school district needs to work on the full scope of community engagement, including outreach to the business community, churches, universities and parents. She also said longtime DPS employee Ida Nalls is slated to move to the role of associate director, Outreach & Student Activities this summer.

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According to the agenda of Tuesday’s school board review session, that vote on Nalls’ new role will be one of several administrative personnel votes at next week’s DPS business meeting.

** The board will vote on the resignation of Shirlette Burks, who has been on medical leave this year from her position as principal of Charity Adams Earley Girls Academy. The agenda lists the effective date of that resignation as four weeks ago.

** The board will vote on the resignation of payroll director Nicole Berkely and the hiring of her replacement, Nicholas Martin.

** The board will vote on the hiring of Tito Reynolds as assistant treasurer, to replace Brennon Hattery, who resigned after one year with DPS.

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