Dr. Romules Durant has been named as the 30th Superintendent for Toledo Public Schools. The Board of Education unanimously approved a five-year contract for Dr. Durant at their December 17, 2013 meeting. Dr. Durant served as interim Superintendent after the retirement of Dr. Jerome Pecko in August, 2013. This new contract is in effect until July, 2018.
A proud graduate of Waite High School, one of the district’s traditional high schools, Dr. Durant began working for Toledo Public Schools in 1999 as a classroom teacher. From there, he became an assistant principal, a principal and then assistant superintendent.
Charismatic and confident, Dr. Durant is focused on a core list of goals that dictate how he will lead TPS. His focus includes increasing student academic achievement, raising the graduation rate, encouraging parent involvement, robust accountability among staff and ensuring that the district is operating at its greatest efficiency. As he has prepared to assume the responsibilities of Superintendent, Dr. Durant developed a new mission and vision statement for Toledo Public Schools - both highlight how he plans to move the district forward and his focus on student success.
Dr. Durant played a pivotal role in creating the district’s highly-acclaimed, multi-year, transformation plan. The plan addresses increasing community partnerships, broadening educational opportunities for students and establishing neighborhood schools. Dr. Durant looks forward to continuing the implementation of the transformation plan.
Student success is a number one priority for the new superintendent. In a recent newspaper interview, Dr. Durant stressed that he wants all TPS students and potential students to know “they’re at the heart of everything TPS does and that all decisions are made in their best interest.” He is also the founder of two popular student leadership groups, Young Men of Excellence and Young Women of Excellence.
Quote from Toledo Free Press, April, 2013.