Superintendent Lori L. Ward

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Lori L. Ward brings the best of both worlds to the district’s top spot—the experience of a veteran school administrator coupled with solid business know-how from her years with IBM.

She was named to succeed Superintendent Kurt T. Stanic by the Dayton Board of Education in March 2010 while serving as deputy to the superintendent. At the time of the announcement, Ward reflected on the job that awaited her July 1, 2010.

“Working for the students and families of Dayton Public Schools has been extremely gratifying, and I am looking forward to helping our schools become a true district of choice for this community,” she said. “My immediate priority will be to continue and extend the steady academic improvement begun under the leadership of Dr. Kurt Stanic. I am committed to enhancing education quality, running more efficient school operations and improving customer service. DPS has a lot to be proud of, and much more success to look forward to.

“I believe in the ‘no excuses’ style of district leadership,” Ward continued. “We will move this district forward, continuing the great work done by Dr. Stanic and making Dayton Public Schools a place where every student is challenged and supported. We will hold staff to the highest expectations, rally families to support and engage our schools, and leverage community support to supplement instruction. Truly successful school districts are a collaborative product of every stakeholder’s input. As a community, we will raise up our schools to where they should be through steady, incremental progress.” 

In recent years, Ward has focused on streamlining district operations and reducing costs while increasing services.  Her accomplishments for DPS include:

•    Reducing the overall annual business operations budget by 5%
•    Negotiating a major managed information technology services contracts resulting
     in a 40% reduction to the general fund over a five-year period
•    Negotiating a lease of a district building resulting in $400K cost avoidance
•    Negotiating an annual reduction of $200K in contract security services
•    Negotiating a multi-year stadium use agreement
•    Developing the district’s credit recovery program for high school students

Prior to serving as the deputy to the superintendent for the last two years, Superintendent Ward also served as chief of business operations, executive director for information and educational technology, educational technology specialist and a classroom teacher. Before joining DPS in 1995, she worked for IBM as an administrator, as well as an administrative manager, systems engineer and disaster recovery consultant.  

Ward received her master’s in computers in education from the University of Dayton.  Previously, she received her certificate in elementary education and her Bachelor of Science in business administration degree, both from Central State University. 

She and her husband Luther have a daughter, Leah, a Dayton Public Schools graduate who is attending Ohio University.


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