Lorain City Schools CEO relieved of duties

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LORAIN, Ohio (WJW) - The CEO of the Lorain City Schools, David Hardy. Jr., is out.

According to Lorain City School Board president Mark Ballard, the Academic Distress Commission voted Wednesday night, 5 to 0, to relieve Hardy of his duties, effective January 3, 2020.

Ballard says the ADC also authorized the chairman to find a permanent CEO replacement.

In the meantime, the school board will work with the ADC to find an interim CEO.

Ballard says at least three of the potential candidates are past superintendents who have worked in the state of Ohio.

According to other school board members, the ADC is currently working to set limitations on what Hardy can do in the district between now and January 3.

When asked for comment, Hardy provided FOX 8's Kevin Freeman with the following statement from Lorain City Schools:

"The district is proud of the historic progress it has made, evident by the 2018-2019 state report card.  For the first time in over a decade, Lorain City School scholars, staff, parents and residents of Lorain can lift their heads with pride knowing it is now, and will be forever known, as one of the fastest improving districts in the state of Ohio, under CEO leadership. An acknowledgement that has been made, with conviction, by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria.

The conversation being held, at this time, will garner a vision for the future.  One that district CEO David Hardy Jr. hopes will ensure scholars of Lorain City Schools remain highest priority, regardless of politics.  On account of CEO Hardy's vision, and a difference in priorities by the Academic Distress Commission, both parties are working towards an agreement to mutually part ways.

More on Lorain City Schools, here.

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