“At this point in my life, I’m not ready to give the mental and physical commitment (as superintendent),” Howard said. “I have young children, and I want to make sure I can commit what I need to them. Being a superintendent is a lifestyle and it’s 24/7. …It’s just not where I need to be right now.”
Board President Denise Moore confirmed the district will do a formal search for a new superintendent. She had planned to release details of that process Monday afternoon, but would only say they are still forthcoming.
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“We are being very collaborative,” Moore said, adding that Howard has been “a great stabilizer. We are one team, and our only goal is to move our district forward.”
Kevin Bell was Trotwood’s superintendent for six years from 2012 to April 2018. The district struggled academically, but in that final spring under Bell, students scored well enough on state exams to narrowly avoid state takeover.
Olverson tried to build a new approach in the 2018-19 school year but had frequent clashes with the teachers union over the legality of special education plans and other issues. After the May tornado and a summer of relief efforts, Olverson resigned and Howard took over.
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Howard has been a teacher, coach, principal and central office administrator in Trotwood schools. He and Moore both said their primary goal in the first semester was simply helping students, families and staff regain a sense of normalcy and get back to learning.
Now the district is turning its focus toward the future, with Howard saying he’ll push students academically and staff instructionally until his last day in the job.
“With a whole summer of planning, I think we can move this district forward. I’m 100% behind supporting whoever the district chooses to bring in as the superintendent,” Howard said. “I’m committed to this place and to Trotwood. … I love this place, and I’m not going anywhere.”
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