TROTWOOD KEEPS OLVERSON AS SCHOOL SU­PER­IN­TEN­DENT

Teach­ers’ con­cerns about su­per­in­ten­dent are be­ing re­viewed.

Dayton Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeremy P. Kel­ley Staff Writer

The Trotwood-Madi­son school board on Thurs­day ap­proved a con­tract ex­ten­sion for in­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Ty­rone Olverson, de­spite the district’s teach­ers cit­ing wor­ries about Olverson’s lead­er­ship.

Teach­ers union Pres­i­dent An­gela Bruno said teach­ers are “con­cerned” about de­ci­sions Olverson has made to re­move some sup­port struc­tures for staff and stu­dents, while adding new sys­tems.

“There are con­cerns from staff about de­ci­sions that have been made (by Olverson) ... and we have not been a part of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process,” Bruno said while the school board and Olverson were in a closed ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion meet­ing Thurs­day.

Dozens of teach­ers who came to the school board meet­ing marched out in uni­son as soon as the board voted to ap­prove Olverson’s con­tract ex­ten­sion. Bruno would not elab­o­rate on the teach­ers’ con­cerns after the board’s vote.

Olverson’s in­terim con­tract was to run through Dec. 31. The new deal goes from Jan. 1 through July 31, 2021. District of­fi­cials would not im­me­di­ately pro­vide a copy of the con­tract doc­u­ment Thurs­day night.

School board Pres­i­dent Denise Moore said Thurs­day night that the board had be­gun to re­view the teach­ers union’s con­cerns, ac­knowl­edg­ing that there were “some ques­tion­able items and chal­lenges as well as some se­ri­ous con­cerns.”

“We will con­tinue to make sure each and every voice is heard, we will make sure that items are ad­dressed,” Moore said, with­out go­ing into de­tail about the com­plaints. “Also we will make sure that we con­tinue to rep­re­sent the school district con­struc­tively so that it pushes the district for­ward and most of all helps the stu­dents.”

Just three months ago, Trotwood schools were ju­bi­lant, as im­prove­ment on the state re­port card was sig­nif­i­cant enough to

avoid the im­mi­nent threat of a state takeover. On top of the ear­lier test per­for­mance, Moore cited months of hard work, say­ing Olverson and the board had changed the cul­ture and built a strate­gic plan “that will take us to the top.”

But now the di­rec­tion of the district is in ques­tion, with the su­per­in­ten­dent and teach­ers at odds. Moore said Thurs­day that it will take col­lab­o­ra­tion to move the district for­ward.

“In any or­ga­ni­za­tion you have those who sup­port you and those who may have some con­tentious at­ti­tudes,” Olverson said. “When­ever you’re not re­ally clear about the fo­cus, you’re go­ing to have peo­ple not sup­port­ing. Now it’s about time to go back out and do a hard re­set and ex­plain what our goals are within the district based on our strate­gic plan.”

Olverson had been hired as in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent just as last spring’s test­ing win­dow was wind­ing down in April.

In late spring and over the sum­mer, Olverson im­ple­mented a turn­around plan with the idea that it could be the new foun­da­tion of the district, whether a state takeover hap­pened or not.

Olverson said the district re­as­signed many staff mem­bers, in­creased teacher train­ing to align class­room ap­proaches and hired so­cial work­ers to ad­dress non-aca­demic prob­lems holding stu­dents back.

He said the new con­tract sta­bi­lizes the district for the next two-plus years.

“It also says to the com­mu­nity that now it’s time to con­tinue do­ing the work,” Olverson said. Con­tact this re­porter at 937225-2278 or email Jeremy. Kel­[email protected]­inc.com.

Ty­rone Olverson is su­per­in­ten­dent of Trot­woodMadi­son City Schools.

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