Business manager

Dayton School Board approves former administrator as new business manager

Lawrence said he was delighted to take on this new position. He said his replacement at Northmont had already been chosen and his official resignation would be on September 23.

“I’m excited to come back to be a community advocate,” Lawrence said. “The title was business manager, but I would say just someone here to serve the needs of families and also the education component. All coins count.

Lawrence was a candidate for superintendent in 2016, but the school board hired former superintendent Rhonda Corr instead. Corr was placed on administrative leave in November 2017 and left in January 2018 with a separation agreement after the board accused her of unprofessional behavior and falsifying documents. After being furloughed, Deputy Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli was promoted to her current position.

Lawrence was later paid $200,000 to step down from his post in the district after his role was severely diminished.

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The CEO position has been controversial. During a July 13 meeting, Pickett accused other board members of creating the position with a specific person in mind.

“But the actions we take, even if they are with good intentions, we need to be clear so we don’t run the risk of favoring our friends when looking for jobs in the district,” Pickett said. “And if we were to do that, we would profoundly affect the trust given to us when we were elected to serve the people.”

Rhynard said she was disappointed with the way the job posting was circulated and the way the council did not seek public input in the decision.

“How was holding these discussions open and encouraging public participation in the decision-making process?” Rhynard said in a July 26 meeting.