Dayton school board approves Dickstein hire after debate

After a contentious debate last week, Dayton’s school board hired Gary Dickstein as the district’s new business manager without comment Tuesday night. School district documents say Dickstein is scheduled to start the job Oct. 29.

The vote was 5-0, with school board members John McManus and Sheila Taylor abstaining.

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Dickstein has worked for 26 years at Wright State University, most recently as interim vice provost. Also Tuesday, WSU President Cheryl Schrader announced she’s leaving Dec. 31, midway through her five-year contract.

Dickstein is also the husband of Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein. McManus had objected to the process and transparency around hiring Gary Dickstein, who was not listed on the board’s review session agenda last week. He said for a prominent hire with prominent ties to city government to be omitted from the agenda “doesn’t smell right.”

Gary Dickstein said last week that he would “absolutely” accept the position.

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“I am very excited to join the DPS team and work diligently to ‘make a difference’ in the lives of the students we serve,” he said.

More than a week ago, this news organization sent a request to Dayton Public Schools under Ohio public records law, asking for the posted job description and candidate resumes for the business manager position. We also asked for messages sent by district leaders related to the process of the hire.

Dayton Public Schools has not supplied any of those records.

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