Markay Winston, chief academic officer, Dayton Public Schools

Key DPS administrator resigns after one year

Dayton’s school board on Tuesday night accepted the resignation of Markay Winston, chief academic officer for Dayton Public Schools, effective July 12.

Winston, who had been with DPS for less than a year, declined comment when asked about the reason for her departure, or her future plans.

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Winston was part of a revamped leadership team under new superintendent Rhonda Corr. She was hired in August, as was new Associate Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. Those two, along with longtime DPS Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton, were at the top of Corr’s leadership cabinet.

Winston had worked with Corr at Chicago Public Schools, leading that district’s special education efforts from 2012 until October 2015. She resigned that job as Chicago was cutting special education expenses, according to the Chicago Tribune. Previously, she was director of student services for Cincinnati Public Schools for several years.

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Corr said Wednesday that Dayton Public Schools will not post Winston’s position for rehire, saying instead that there will be a reconfiguration of administrative responsibilities.

“I wish Dr. Winston all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for her contributions to DPS,” Corr said.

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