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Dayton school board: Supt. Corr slept, was ‘unkempt’ at teacher talks

Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 6:10 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 9:35 PM

Look into the allegations against DPS superintendent Corr

Dayton School Superintendent Rhonda Corr slept in front of the federal mediator during an Aug. 9 contract negotiating session, berated high-level administrators and received death benefits for a domestic partner while legally married to another person, according to a pre-disciplinary hearing notice released Tuesday.

The notice from Dayton’s school board provides the first detailed explanation for why the board placed Corr on administrative leave after a four-hour executive session seven days earlier.

LAST WEEK: School board puts superintendent Corr on paid leave

“Administrators report a hostile working environment created by your behaviors,” the hearing notice signed by school board President Robert Walker says. “District employees have expressed their reluctance to continue working with you as you undermine, disparage, and bully them.”

The same school board had unanimously given Corr a three-year contract extension in February after seven months of work, then gave her a glowing performance review on Oct. 3.

Tuesday’s notice says that the board “is considering disciplinary action” against Corr that “may include termination of your Superintendent’s contract for good and just cause.” It says Corr’s alleged actions violate multiple school board policies, “constitute conduct unbecoming an educator” and “violate the trust and confidence the Board of Education has placed in you.”

8 WEEKS AGO: School board gives Corr glowing evaluation

“They further demonstrate your inability to lead the District and reflect poorly on the District as a whole,” the notice says, warning that Corr could be suspended without pay pending termination proceedings. She is currently getting paid her salary while on leave.

The hearing notice does not include numerous accusations of racial discrimination/harassment that were part of a report the school board mentioned publicly last week. That report, also released Tuesday night, found that Corr committed one violation of board policy. The report recommended policy training for Corr and that she stop certain speech patterns that some employees referred to as “black talk.”

READ MORE: Report: Supt. Corr violated 1 DPS policy on racial discrimination

The hearing letter goes into detail on several allegations.

In September 2016, Corr told Executive Director of Human Resources Judy Spurlock that the school board had agreed to pay moving expenses and a certain retirement benefit for new administrators Elizabeth Lolli and Markay Winston, according to the notice.

Corr “demanded that the payments be added immediately,” the notice says, but the board had not approved the expenses as Corr indicated, and the contract modification led to an internal audit warning, according to the notice. In a later meeting with the board, the document says, Corr allegedly said she had told Spurlock she did not have authority to offer those payments, which the board then had to approve retroactively.

RELATED: A look back at DPS’ turbulent 16 months under Corr

The notice says Corr did not “act professionally” at the Aug. 9, 2017, negotiating session, which came just two days before teachers union’s strike deadline. Corr, the notice says, arrived late, said she was ill and appeared “unkempt.”

“Rather than excusing yourself from the meeting, you behaved unprofessionally by sleeping during caucuses in front of the mediator and your fellow bargaining team members,” the DPS document says.

The document says Corr listed “inaccurate information on board documents.” On July 1, 2016, it says, she marked on her W-4 form that she was single and signed the form under penalty of perjury. But Montgomery County Common Pleas Court documents reveal that on Oct. 3, 2017, Corr filed for divorce from her spouse whom she had married in 2007 in Massachusetts.

RELATED: Dayton, other districts face sex-with-students cases

The notice also says she used her position as superintendent “to promote your self-interests.” It says she lobbied Human Resources officials to make life insurance available to employees’ spouses and domestic partners a short time after she was hired in 2016, and then, after it was approved, purchased life insurance for a “domestic partner” who was already ill and passed away on Oct. 15, 2016.

This occurred “even though you were legally married to another person and had not obtained a legal separation,” the document says.

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It also accuses Corr of failing to request approval for absences from the DPS treasurer, as the board requires so that her number of days off can be tracked. The notice lists nine days “at a minimum” when she was absent from work without getting prior approval.

After one of the allegations in the report, the notice says: “You refuse to accept responsibility for your actions.”

Corr is scheduled to meet with the school board’s designated hearing officer at 9 a.m. Dec. 13 to tell her side of the story. She could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

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Hamilton police investigating dead body found in Millikin Woods

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:12 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:14 AM


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Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit confirms a dead body has been found at Millikin Woods this morning.

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The Butler County coroner is on the scene with police at Millikin Woods, according to a tweet from the police chief.

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Trash truck crashes into nursing home in Xenia

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

Trash truck strikes nursing home in Xenia

UPDATE @ 9:35 a.m.:

The driver of a Rumpke trash truck was transported to an area hospital after crashing into the Greenewood Manor nursing home in Xenia Thursday morning. 

The driver is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said. 

No one inside the nursing home was injured. 

FIRST REPORT

A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning. 

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Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenewood Manor at 711 Dayton Xenia Road around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building. 

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While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building. 

Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Showers, storms could bring heavy downpours & gusty winds

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Multiple chances for showers and storms today in the Dayton area.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Few showers and storms this morning
  • More showers and storms this afternoon/evening
  • Strong storms possible Friday

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: More showers and storms are likely at times today. There will be breaks for some dry time, but periodically through the day we will have showers and storms move through, including the evening commute home. 

“Heavy downpours and gusty winds will be our biggest concern, but overall the severe threat is not very high”, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

Highs today will be in the upper 70s.

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TONIGHT: The chance for a few lingering showers or storms continues overnight. Temperatures drop into the middle to upper 60s.

FRIDAY: More showers and storms, some of which could be strong to severe, are likely, especially later in the afternoon into the evening hours. Highs peak near 80 degrees.

>> County-by-County Weather 

SATURDAY: A few lingering showers are expected, especially for the first part of the day. We should dry out later in the day with highs reaching the upper 70s. 

SUNDAY: A mainly dry day with a stray shower or storm possible. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies for the day with temperatures approaching the mid-80s. 

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Driver surprised by snake surrounding leg while driving

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:59 AM

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A woman said she was driving when she felt something on her leg. And it wasn’t her imagination. The unidentified woman saw a six-foot-long snake slithering up her leg, WSPA reported.

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A pest removal service in Rutherford County said that a customer of theirs had a box in her car that she was taking to the dump. The box had been sitting outside and the snake had crawled in. The Bug Man reminded people in its Facebook post about the incident, to always check boxes and planters before moving them. Snakes and other critters can make containers their home.

She called police for help and they got the serpent out of her vehicle using snake tongs, WSPA reported.

The stowaway’s story doesn’t end there. The snake actually got out of its container while police were relocating it, but eventually got out of the police car and made its way into a creek, WSPA reported.

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