Dayton Public Schools was in great distress -- was nearly failing. This high-poverty Ohio school district, noted as the second poorest among 611 across the state, was not performing to standards and certainly not achieving goals as necessary. It was nearing state takeover when businessman Adil Baguirov joined the Dayton Board of Education in 2013. Elected by area voters that year, he made several campaign promises, among them increased financial transparency and better technology as well as academics within the classroom. Baguirov met these goals and exceeded them also aiding transportation and other school inefficiencies with his fellow board members. They put Dayton Public Schools in a significantly better position, even earning the district an “A” on state reports and avoiding potential takeover.