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4. David Hardy hired as Lorain school CEO

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    David Hardy Jr, CEO, Lorain Public Schools, speaks to moderator Mike McIntyre of WCPN, at the Sound of Ideas Education Forum at Lorain Public Library on Sept. 28.

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    David Hardy, CEO of Lorain City Schools, answers questions regarding his strategic plan on Wednesday evening at Lorain High School's auditorium.

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    David Hardy Jr., newly appointed CEO of Lorain Schools, speaks about his plans to engage with community figures, Lorain residents, Lorain Schools staff, parents and students in order to gain insight into the schools.

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    David Hardy, the deputy superintendent for academics with the St. Louis Pubic Schools, was announced as the Chief Executive Officer of Lorain City Schools.

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    David Hardy, deputy superintendent for academics with St. Louis Schools and new chief executive officer of Lorain Schools, speaks with Rhoda Lee, Lorain resident and education chair for the NAACP, after the Lorain Academic Distress Commission meeting Monday evening. KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

    KRISTIN BAUER

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In late July, David Hardy was appointed as the virtually all-powerful Lorain Schools CEO by the Lorain Academic Distress Commission.

The commission reportedly chose him because of his work transforming the academics of the St. Louis Public Schools as the district's deputy superintendent, although not everyone was happy with the process by which Hardy was selected. Since then, he’s made many changes and plans, recently getting his Lorain Promise Plan to improve the district successfully approved by the LADC in November.

Hardy has now started to move forward with the first steps of his improvement plan; revamping the district’s administration faculty and its goals. Hardy’s search for new administrators is already underway and he hopes to be down to the finalists in the next couple months.

Hardy’s tenure hasn’t been without its controversies, including a decision to sideline Superintendent David Graham and complaints about his leadership style from some in the community and the district itself.



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