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Toledo Public Schools Finalizes Contract with Dr. Romules Durant

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Dr. Romules Durant has finalized his contract with Toledo Public Schools to be the district's next superintendent.

His five year contract is effective immediately and will last until 2018. His base pay will be $175,000, the same as Dr. Jerome Pecko, Durant's predecessor.

"It's something that I'm excited for and I look forward to the work ahead of us," Dr. Durant tells 13abc.  "You either go 100 percent or you don't go at all."

Durant took over as interim superintendent in April of this year.  Leading the district to a successful levy campaign in November was a proud moment for the TPS grad.  Leaders say they would have been forced to make severe cuts if the annual $13 million dollar measure hadn't passed. 

Durant wants to keep the momentum going and focus on early childhood development right away.

"The best intervention is prevention," says the new superintendent. "The more you can be embedded, the more you can get on the front end of things and the more you can prevent, in regards to education."

Durant is proud he can give back to the district he loves, and shape the path of future TPS grads over the next four years.

"It's a recycle of investment. What was invested in me is being recycled and invested in the community."

Tuesday night was the final meeting for board president, Brenda Hill and board member Larry Sykes.  The two new members will be sworn in on January 2.  Members will also select a new board president at that winter organizational meeting.

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