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Board of Education selects Dr. David Lawrence as Superintendent

Alexandra KincaidNews

Dr David LawrenceThe Board of Education unanimously voted to select Dr. David Lawrence as the Dayton Public School District’s next Superintendent at its Tuesday, February 20, 2024 Business Meeting. 

Dr. Lawrence has been serving as Interim Superintendent since July. He has nearly 30 years of experience in public education, having served in many roles in both suburban and urban Districts throughout his career. 

Dr. Lawrence was born and raised in Dayton and is a 1984 graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. 

“On top of the dedication that I believe he will bring to this position, I must say that it is exciting to have a DPS graduate now serving in the role of Superintendent,” said Board of Education President Will Smith. “After a very thorough selection process, I am convinced that Dr. Lawrence is the right person for the job, and I am looking forward to seeing continued improvement under his leadership. I understand that there is a lot of work that needs to be done, and our new Superintendent has the ability to head the team effort that it will require. As Board President, I will be working closely with Dr. Lawrence to work on the creative solutions needed to attain the improved outcomes we all wish to see.”

Dr. Lawrence has a history of transformational leadership. Throughout his career, he has increased academic achievement in every role he has held and has a proven track record as a committed urban educator. 

“I am honored that the Dayton Board of Education has selected me for the position of Superintendent,” said Dr. Lawrence. “I am looking forward to continuing the work that is already underway to improve culture, climate, and academic performance. Through this work, I am confident that we will see greater academic achievement and a more positive educational experience for all students. Dayton Public Schools has a proud history, and I want to restore that pride within the community. We deserve to win.” 

As Interim Superintendent, Dr. Lawrence implemented new guiding principles for Dayton Public Schools staff in an effort to improve culture and climate. These principles, known as the “5 C’s,” include culture, commitment, communication, competence, and collaboration. Under his leadership, the District quickly saw an increase in academic results, as evidenced by improved 3rd grade reading scores in three short months, along with a decreased chronic absenteeism rate. 

For more information about Dr. Lawrence, please view his bio.

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