Ohio Board of Education member visits Dayton Public Schools

A member of the Ohio Board of Education visits Dayton Public Schools on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. (WKEF/WRGT).

DAYTON (WKEF/WRGT) -- A member of the Ohio Board of Education checked in on Dayton Public Schools on Tuesday, December 5.

Charlotte McGuire wanted to know what's going right with the district. This comes at a time when the superintendent has been put on paid administrative leave.

McGuire was appointed to the Ohio Board of Education in January.

She's been on a tour of different school districts . Fox 45 caught up with her at Stivers School for the Arts and asked about the turmoil going on with Dayton Public Schools.

"One thing I didn't realize is how political education is," said Charlotte McGuire.

Charlotte McGuire is on the Ohio Board of Education.

"Once the General Assembly sets laws concerning education, our job is to write the administrative rules," said McGuire.

She's visiting schools in the 5 counties she represents: Montgomery, Miami, Preble, Darke and Butler.

Today, December 5, 2017, she was at Stivers.

"The only way I can best represent, is see what's actually going on. A report card does not define a district There are no two districts alike," said McGuire.

Dayton got D's and F's on it's recent report card. McGuire said that's a snapshot in time.

"The one thing we want is good leadership. Good leadership makes a difference in any district," said McGuire.

Dayton's leader, Superintendent Rhonda Corr, is suspended.

The Dayton School Board said she lied on IRS documents, cursed at employees, changed policies to benefit herself and fell asleep at contract negotiations.

Corr's attorneys said the allegations are politically motivated.

McGuire said she's waiting to learn what the truth is with Superintendent Rhonda Corr and she believes the truth will come out.

"I'm not saying it's true, I'm not saying it's false but we have a right to know what the truth is," said McGuire.

"Do you have confidence in the Dayton School Board and what they're doing?" McGuire was asked.

"Well, confidence is earned," she said.

McGuire said right now the school board is in transition.

"Resolving things with the superintendent, the fact they have almost a whole new turnover, board members. They've got to come together in what I call a shared vision," said McGuire.

The Ohio Board of Educations doesn't wield any power over Dayton Public Schools. or tell the board what to do.

It just makes sure the district follows state law and guidelines.

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