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TPS Superintendent won't return after contract ends

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Toledo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jerome Pecko has announced that he will not return to the district after his contract expires July 31.

The announcement came Wednesday night after TPS board members held a meeting in executive session, discussing whether or not to renew his contract. 

The contract required Pecko to meet six goals, and some board members said he didn't meet any of them and did not live up to the board's expectations. TPS board member Larry Sykes was among Pecko's critics.

"We are on academic watch, when we were on continuing education, that's a problem in itself," says Sykes. "I've heard that enough from the community."

In his contract, signed three years ago, Dr. Pecko agreed to improve the district's academic performance and run successful levy campaigns. The district hasn't passed a levy since 2000.

Board member Bob Vasquez was among those who supported the superintendent, saying Pecko had done a good job, under the circumstances, with the transformational change and both levies.

"There are a lot of variables that affect that," he says. "The economy affects the attitude of the community."

In an interview over the phone, School Board President Brenda Hill agreed with Vasquez.

Now that Dr. Pecko has announced his departure, the district will have to pay a search firm to find a new superintendent, or the district could promote from within. 

Sources say Assistant Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant and Chief Academic Officer Jim Gault could be solid candidates.

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