“We have to make sure that our district is stable, that we are making progress, and that our students are getting everything they need”, said Board President Denise E. Moore. “We can’t put our district on pause, we have to move forward”.
If a school district has three consecutive years of bad state report card grades based on state tests, the Ohio Department of Education appoints an Academic Distress Commission to run the district. Trotwood-Madison schools are one year of bad scores away from that process.
An Academic Distress Commission would take over if one of two things happens — if Trotwood receives an "F" in the new overall grade that will be added to schools' report card this year, or if the district receives an “F” in performance index and a “D” or “F” in student growth.
Trotwood Superintendent Kevin Bell is retiring at the end of the year. School board officials say they are looking for someone long term or interim who can step in and get grades where they need to be in efforts to avoid future issues with student performance.