DPS names Dr. Elizabeth Lolli as superintendent

DPS names Dr. Elizabeth Lolli as superintendent (WKEF/WRGT File Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Dayton Public Schools named Dr. Elizabeth Lolli as superintendent at a press conference Friday afternoon.

The announcement that they will offer the job to the acting superintendent comes just months after the district parted way with Rhonda Corr.

Lolli was hired as the associate superintendent in 2016, and has a long career in education. She previously served as superintendent for both Monroe Local Schools and Barberton City Schools, and the school board said they believe she’s a good fit.

“We are very glad she came to Dayton because her strong educational leadership and initiatives can be the start of a real turnaround,” School Board Member Jocelyn Rhynard said.

Since taking over the interim spot, Lolli has outlines a plan to ‘right size’ the district, closing one school, and also navigated the recent Dunbar basketball controversy. FOX 45's Nathan Edwards found out she will sign a three year contract with a salary of $150,000 a year.

The school board is set to make her hiring official at Tuesday’s meeting. Members say Lolli was the only candidate interviewed for the job.

“The way she handles herself during tough times and good times she always stays steady, which is what we need right now,” School Board Member Mohamed Al-Hamdani said.

City of Dayton officials released the following statements after the announcement:

"Although the Board of Education has not yet taken action on this matter, this is a great step forward for the Dayton community. Dr. Lolli has significant experience as a Superintendent in the state of Ohio. We are fortunate to have her experience in our community, and I look forward to continuing our work together." - Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley
"Educational leadership is difficult, even moreso in urban communities. I am encouraged by how Dr. Lolli and the Board have worked together to handle some very challenging matters." - Commissioner Jeffrey J. Mims, Jr.
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