School Board Fires Superintendent Amid Data Fixing Probe

Aug 24, 2012

The Lockland School board has fired Superintendent Donna Hubbard amid a state investigation into attendance data fixing.

Her son, who works for the district as data coordinator, also was fired. The Lockland, Toledo, and Columbus schools are being investigated by the state. Meanwhile preliminary findings from an independent investigator hired by The Toledo schools conclude the district did not violate state law by withdrawing and re-enrolling habitually truant students. The investigator found district staffers told state education officials about it at least four years ago but were not told to stop and may not have received requested guidance from the state about reporting data. Superintendent Jerome Pecko has said Toledo schools have ended the practice. A state education department spokesperson disputes that no guidance was provided and says it's the district's responsibility to provide correct data.