Piotrowski: Thankful for the opportunity to serve

By William Duffield Staff writer

December 14, 2013

XENIA — Just two days after receiving her separation agreement from the Xenia Board of Education, Dr. Deborah Piotrowski has issued her response saying that she’s enjoyed her time in Xenia.

“It has been my honor to work side-by-side with some of the finest teachers, administrators and staff members in the State of Ohio,” she said. “Serving the students and families in the (district) has been rewarding and I have made memories for a lifetime.”

The Xenia Community Schools district has named XHS principal Ted Holop as acting superintendent beginning Jan. 4 and will name an interim superintendent “as soon as (is) practical.”

In a copy of the agreement obtained via public record request and forwarded to the Xenia Gazette, the details show the board agreed to items such as moving expenses and limiting who can comment on Piotrowski’s time in the district.

Along with receiving pay during a leave of absence from Jan. 3 through July 31 of 2014, Piotrowski will receive the benefits she received while on “active duty of the board’s service.” This includes health care, sick leave and vacation leave accrual.

Piotrowski said that helping children learn is her focus.

“I love children,” she said. “I truly enjoy watching students learn and grow. Children inspire me to be a better person and my efforts in Xenia have been focused on placing resources in the classroom to create a better learning experience for all students.”

Piotrowski said she is daily reminding herself and those around her that they are all in the business of educating students.

“I have focused my efforts and energies on what is best for our students,” she said.

She added that she is proud of the accomplishments of the district during her time at Xenia, but is now looking forward to a new chapter in her life.

“The Xenia schools have led Greene County, and many other area districts, in annual growth measure (value-added) for the last two years,” Piotrowski said.

She said the district is providing the majority of students with more than a year’s growth in the grades where the district has the value-added metric.

“Our teachers are getting the job done — even under trying circumstances,” she said.

She also said that the district is in a stronger financial condition than when she arrived in 2010. She added that the down-sizing and right-sizing of the school district has received statewide recognition and resulted in a stable financial forecast for the next two years.

“We have made significant, measurable progress in the area of technology with a fiber-build and a technology platform which provides the necessary access for 21st century instruction and assessment,” Piotrowski said, adding the district is fully prepared for the next generation of assessments.

Piotrowski said the the recent multi-million dollar building project was completed on-time and under budget.

“Generations of Xenia students will benefit from these wonderful new buildings,” she said.

Piotrowski said that she hopes the district’s successes continue.

“We have made tremendous progress,” she said. “I am proud of our students and staff, and I know we have laid the foundation for boundless success. My best wishes to the staff of the Xenia Community Schools. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve.”

Contact William Duffield at bduffield@civitasmedia.com or 372-4444 ext. 133.