Howard to stay as Trotwood superintendent through school year

Marlon Howard, acting superintendent, Trotwood-Madison schools, fall 2019

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Marlon Howard, acting superintendent, Trotwood-Madison schools, fall 2019

Marlon Howard will continue as acting superintendent of Trotwood-Madison schools through July, after the school board extended his contract Dec. 12.

Howard was named acting superintendent two weeks before the school year started, when Tyrone Olverson resigned suddenly. School board President Denise Moore said Howard’s original contract as acting superintendent had been set to expire on Dec. 31.

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Moore said “until the board reconvenes” she will not comment on whether the school board is conducting a broad search or hopes to hire Howard as a long-term superintendent. Treasurer Janice Allen said the next board meeting is at 5 p.m. Jan. 9.

Trotwood has had a tumultuous year, as the Memorial Day tornadoes turned the community upside down, damaging more than 1,000 homes and displacing hundreds of students. The community has pulled together and got a shot in the arm this fall as the high school’s football team marched to a state championship.

Moore had complimented Howard early in the school year for doing “an exceptional job.” On Thursday, she said the first half of the school year went well as a whole.

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“We’ve had a stellar year in lieu of the devastation that our community experienced over Memorial Day,” she said. “Our students, families and district staff are resilient, and we’re on our way back to a greater sense of normalcy.”

Howard has been a teacher, coach, principal and central office administrator in Trotwood. He was the district’s director of operations up until the day Olverson quit.

Howard would not comment on his potential future as superintendent. He took the same approach months earlier, saying only that that would give it his all and wouldn’t be “fake.”

“We don’t want to make excuses. A lot of our kids have been through a lot of turmoil,” Howard said. “We’re just trying to focus on getting better. Our No. 1 mission is still to get kids moving and learning.”

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