Dr. Romules L. Durant: Schools must collaborate with community for success

February 27, 2013 in Education, News, Top Stories


Journal Managing Editor

Dr. Romules L. Durant, assistant superintendent of elementary education for Toledo Public Schools speaking to members of the Student African American Brotherhood, also known as SAAB, on Saturday, Feb. 16. From left: Julian Washington, Walter Windless and Julian Hill. Earlier, Durant received an Image Award presented by the Perry Burroughs Democratic Women’s Club at the Premier Banquet Hall on Heatherdowns Blvd.

Dr. Romules L. Durant is an educator who believes giving back to the community.

The Toledo Public Schools assistant superintendent of elementary education sits on several boards and foundations that help people, particularly students.

Durant believes that to make successful students, education and government, and any other entities, must collectively come together to help them.

Durant wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Toledo “The Collective Factor of Social Oppression and Urban Poverty on the Achievement of Black Students.”

Many weekends, Durant has parades his students from Student African American Brotherhood, also known as SAAB, and Young Women of Excellence, commonly referred to as YWOE, around the community.

Durant puts it this way: You have to have a presence about yourself to move a child to improve and emulate what you do. As a successful educator, Durant is building students to dream big.

“This has allowed me to be involved in the community and engage in the community,” Durant said. “I do it because I want to help the students maximize their potential. I know what it takes for collective impact.

“You have to have a presence about yourself to move a child to improve and emulate what you do.”

Durant takes to students to workout, to social events, to churches to spread the word about SAAB and YWOE and what they are doing in the community.

“I try to build them to their capacity,” he said.

Toledo Public Schools is the largest district in northwest Ohio and has a bad reputation of “not being in the community” and Durant said he is trying to change that perception.

“If I have to be that person then I will have to be that person,” he said. “Tell me when and where you want me to be and I will work to make it happen.”

Durant said he is trying to change the image, repair broken relationships and forge new ones.

He’s doing it with his community leadership and involvement.

Durant serves the Boys and Girls Club of Toledo, Common Space, YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo, Police Athletic League and United Way of Greater Toledo.

He has worked with groups such as Unison, Harbor and Kobacker to provide the school district with mental health issues, Lucas County Health Department, collaborated with One Village United North, Caldwell Center to provide after-school programs, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Greater Toledo Urban League, Lucas County Head Start task Force and Toledo Community Foundation.

Durant has affiliations with Ohio School Board Association, Buckeye Association of School Administration, National Principals Leadership Institute and Rotary Club of Toledo.

He is a board member for Intern Board of Review, city of Toledo Board of Community Relations, Partners In Education, Urban Leadership Development Program, Frederick Douglass Community Association, Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service Board, After-School All-Stars Ohio, National Principals Leadership Institute, Mayor’s Coalition of Hope, The Hope Family Services Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Collaboration Board and former member of the Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo.