Mound Street Academies
Focus + Patience + Persistence = Achievement
Dayton

Meet Our Administration

Mound Street Academies is home to some of the finest educators and administrators in the state. The administration works hard to ensure that our students are in a nurturing educational environment that encourages them to develop and achieve their goals. We make every school decision with our students' best interests in mind. We welcome you to contact us with questions or concerns you may have.

William Couts
Superintendent
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Biography

About William Couts

William Couts has 21 years of educational experience as a teacher, athletics coach, principal, academics coach, and superintendent. William’s teaching career began in the Jefferson Township Local School district in 1993. There, Mr. Couts served as a seventh and eighth grade language arts, social studies, and health teacher for nine years. He also spent seven years as a junior high football, basketball, and baseball coach as well as assistant varsity football and weightlifting coach at Jefferson High School during his tenure with Jefferson Township.

Mr. Couts became part of the foundational staff responsible for opening Mound Street Academies in the summer of 2002 and served as a teacher in the Military Academy for three years before taking on the position as the IT Academy principal in the summer of 2005. One of his proudest moments in education was helping to lead the IT Academy from “Academic Emergency” to an “Effective Rating” on his school’s state report card in 2010. William moved into the academics coach position during the 2010-2011 school year, before taking on his new role as superintendent for all three of the schools at Mound Street Academies.

William holds a B.S.E. in elementary education from Central State University and a M.Ed. in education administration from Grand Canyon University. In his free time, Mr. Couts enjoys competitive sports, fishing, exercise, movies, computers, and anything dealing with the latest technology.

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Ron Cothran
Principal
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About Ron Cothran

Ron Cothran has over 23 years of military service during which he conducted psychotherapy and chemical dependency treatment counseling to families, both in groups and individually. He was the equal opportunity representative for the Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center in Germany. He served as a coordinator for the Alternative Learning Center in all middle schools in Dayton Public Schools. Mr. Cothran was director of transportation at Dayton Public Schools and intervention specialist (special education teacher) at Montgomery County Educational Service Center. In 2005 he came to Mound Street Military Academy as a teacher. In August of 2008 he became principal of the Mound Street Health Careers Academy. In 2012 he became principal of all three academies: IT Careers, TTM Careers, and Health Careers.

Mr. Cothran has a master of education degree in educational leadership (principalship) from Wright State University, a master of education mild to moderate-intervention specialist from Wright State University, a master's degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a bachelor of arts in social welfare from Grambling State University.

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George R. Hurbanek II
Academic Coach
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About George R. Hurbanek II

Born in Beaver Falls, PA (home of Joe Namath), George R. Hurbanek II  graduated from Big Beaver Falls Senior High School in 1994. He was accepted into the civil engineering program at the University of Dayton. In the fall of 1995, George began tutoring some children at the Boys & Girls Club on the west side of Dayton. After weeks of tutoring, George knew that education was where he wanted to be. Beginning in the winter of 1996, George enrolled in the elementary education program at the University of Dayton. In December of 1998, he graduated from the University of Dayton with a bachelor's degree in elementary education (math concentration).

Two weeks before graduation, George was hired by Dayton Public Schools to fill an empty math and science teaching position. He taught in Dayton Public Schools for two and a half years before being hired by Jefferson Township Schools to start the Jefferson Academy (7th-8th grade math and science). After a successful year at the Jefferson Academy, his  principal, Mr. Albert Jordan, asked George to think about a great opportunity at Mound Street Military Careers Academy.

After three successful years of teaching career-based intervention (CBI) at Mound Street Military Careers Academy and earning his master's degree in educational leadership at the University of Dayton in 2003, George was offered the principal position in the same academy. Currently George serves as Mound Street's academic coach.

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A Message from our Superintendent

Dear Students,

Welcome! We're happy you're here at Mound Street Academies. We make a determined effort to provide the instruction and educational tools you need in order to achieve growth in learning. If at any time you are struggling or are not experiencing success at Mound Street Academies, please contact us. We are happy to help you and discuss your options.

We're proud of all that our current and former students have achieved. In one year, students earned a total of $250,568 at their jobs. They volunteered a total of 1,931.6 hours at a wide variety of locations, helping others while gaining valuable work skills and earning elective credits. Together, they earned a total of 961 academic and elective credits toward graduation. They earned a total of 165 college credits at Sinclair Community College in the fields of engineering, health, and information technology.

With hard work, determination, and good attendance, you will find success at Mound Street Academies and be well on your way toward achieving your career goals.

The teachers, administrators, and I urge you to take advantage of the many opportunities presented to you at MSA, and we encourage you to call on us if you need assistance.

Best of luck!

William Couts