About David Hardy, CEO of Lorain City Schools
On Monday, July 24, 2017, the Lorain Academic Distress Commission appointed David Hardy Jr. as the CEO of the Lorain City Schools.
David Hardy comes to us from his most recent position as the Deputy Superintendent of Academics for Saint Louis Public Schools. There, he was charged with the mission-critical task of setting and meeting academic standards, developing instructional resources and creating best-in-class educational offerings that address the needs of the district’s students.
During his tenure, he supported the development of the academic office, district strategic plan, and corresponding academic initiatives. He is leader of the academic team that has brought Saint Louis Public Schools full accreditation for the first time since 2000.
As a school leader in 2010, 98.5% of Mr. Hardy’s 6th and 7th grade students were proficient in Math and the highest achieving school in District 19 (Brooklyn) in Language Arts.
As a state leader in 2013, he was responsible for initiating the district turnaround of the lowest performing schools in New Jersey by catalyzing the transformation of Camden City Schools into what is now seen as a budding national model for school district turnaround.As a district leader in 2017, he led the academic turnaround for Saint Louis Public Schools that increased the district’s Annual Performance Report (APR) score from 40.5 points to 104.5 in three years.
Through Mr. Hardy’s strong strategic planning, prudent fiscal allocations, and goal alignment, the academic gains by students have reached highs in Saint Louis that have not been seen in almost 20 years.
Most recently, David was selected to the Board of Trustees at Columbia College in Missouri. Additionally, he is an alumni of some of the most forward thinking national educational organizations in the country -- including the National Superintendents Academy and the PELP Institute at Harvard University -- and was named a Future Chief for Change Fellow in 2017.
David is a graduate of Colgate University, where he was a student-athlete who left his mark in the classroom and court. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He also holds an MS in Education Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL and an Ed.M in Urban Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and will receive his Ed.D in Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York later this year.
David and his wife, a graduate of Howard University and health care administrator, have two sons.