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“He knows Marzano, he knows gradual release, which are things we’re working on (in DPS),” Lolli said, referring to two common teaching strategies. “He has experience as a chief academic officer and he’s very well-versed in curriculum, instruction and assessment.”
Sullivan will be one of two associate superintendents, joining veteran Shelia Burton, who oversees operations, transportation, safety and human resources. Sullivan’s position would be over curriculum and instruction, special education and individual school leadership.
Lolli said Sullivan will spend some time in Dayton in the coming months as he prepares for the new role.
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DPS’ organizational chart has changed frequently in recent years. Markay Winston was hired into a Chief Academic Officer role similar to Sullivan’s new post in summer 2016, but she left after one year. Lolli was assistant superintendent for teaching and learning at that point, but was then elevated to superintendent when Rhonda Corr was placed on leave in November 2017.
Dayton’s school board has approved five contracts with Radius Design Works of Cincinnati, at $70,000 each, to improve the look of school cafeterias at Wogaman, Belle Haven, Cleveland, Edison and Kiser schools.
The contracts call for graphic design work that Burton said will make the cafeterias more colorful and interactive. She said the district intends to eventually upgrade the cafeterias in all DPS schools. At $70,000 per school, that cost could approach $2 million.
As part of DPS’ ongoing plan to move its headquarters to a smaller complex across Ludlow Street, the school board approved two contracts totaling $217,062. The contracts with CDW are for infrastructure hardware and support at 136. S. Ludlow St. Burton said the company is handling wiring and computer connection issues at the building.
Lolli has repeatedly talked about reorganizing Dayton Public Schools’ human resources operations, as the district attempts to better attract and retain talent. In March, the school board will be asked to hire three new employees as “human resources partners” at salaries of $78,989 each.
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