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Residents speak on potential West Dayton school closures
 More than 100 people voiced concerns about the fairness and fallout of potential Dayton Public Schools closures Monday night at an NAACP-hosted town hall meeting. The event was held at Dayton Boys Prep, one of several schools that district officials have described as significantly under-enrolled. In December, Acting Superintendent Elizabeth...

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More than 100 people voiced concerns about the fairness and fallout of potential Dayton Public Schools closures Monday night at an NAACP-hosted town hall meeting. The event was held at Dayton Boys Prep, one of several schools that district officials have described as significantly under-enrolled. In December, Acting Superintendent Elizabeth...
Lead in schools: What we know now
 Water in more than a dozen local school buildings was found to have elevated levels of lead in the past two years. About one in every 10 schools tested statewide had at least one fixture over the EPA’s action level. This finding led local school districts to replace some water infrastructure. After the Flint, Mich. water crisis, the...

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Water in more than a dozen local school buildings was found to have elevated levels of lead in the past two years. About one in every 10 schools tested statewide had at least one fixture over the EPA’s action level. This finding led local school districts to replace some water infrastructure. After the Flint, Mich. water crisis, the...
Local schools find lead in water; more now plan to test
 Water from drinking fountains and sink faucets in more than a dozen local school buildings were found to have elevated levels of lead in the past two years, leading local school districts to replace some water infrastructure. The Bellbrook, Lakota and Northeastern school districts had water from multiple plumbing fixtures test above the federal...

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Water from drinking fountains and sink faucets in more than a dozen local school buildings were found to have elevated levels of lead in the past two years, leading local school districts to replace some water infrastructure. The Bellbrook, Lakota and Northeastern school districts had water from multiple plumbing fixtures test above the federal...
Clark County students might return to schools in wake of ECOT closure
 About 150 students in Clark County will need a new school after one of the largest online schools shut down on Friday. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is being closed effective immediately by its sponsor, according to Ohio Department of Education officials. “The Ohio Department of Education was informed this evening that the ESC...

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About 150 students in Clark County will need a new school after one of the largest online schools shut down on Friday. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is being closed effective immediately by its sponsor, according to Ohio Department of Education officials. “The Ohio Department of Education was informed this evening that the ESC...
ECOT, Ohio’s largest online charter school, officially closes
 The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), Ohio’s largest online K-12 school, was closed Thursday night by its sponsor, the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, citing a financial inability to continue. The embattled school had claimed an enrollment of more than 15,000 students just two years ago, including more than 1,000...

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The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), Ohio’s largest online K-12 school, was closed Thursday night by its sponsor, the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, citing a financial inability to continue. The embattled school had claimed an enrollment of more than 15,000 students just two years ago, including more than 1,000...
8 weeks and nearly $25K later, Dayton school superintendent still on leave
 Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr has been on paid leave for eight weeks, but a pre-disciplinary hearing that was originally scheduled for Dec. 13 still has not taken place, according to attorneys for Corr and the district. At $150,000 per year, the Dayton Daily News calculated Corr should receive $24,230 in base salary for...

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Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr has been on paid leave for eight weeks, but a pre-disciplinary hearing that was originally scheduled for Dec. 13 still has not taken place, according to attorneys for Corr and the district. At $150,000 per year, the Dayton Daily News calculated Corr should receive $24,230 in base salary for...
Dayton task force plans to meet in public, tour schools in private
 The next meeting of the Dayton Public Schools facilities task force will be open to the public, DPS Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said Wednesday. The task force’s goal is to make recommendations to the school board in April on how to position DPS for growth in enrollment and what to do with the district’s under-used buildings...

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The next meeting of the Dayton Public Schools facilities task force will be open to the public, DPS Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said Wednesday. The task force’s goal is to make recommendations to the school board in April on how to position DPS for growth in enrollment and what to do with the district’s under-used buildings...
Dayton school board quiet on Corr, task force issue
 Dayton’s newly seated school board on Tuesday hired a security director and moved to appraise several properties that could be for sale, but there was little discussion of two big issues facing the district. Rhonda Corr update Beverly Meyer, the attorney whose report was key to Superintendent Rhonda Corr being placed on paid leave,...

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Dayton’s newly seated school board on Tuesday hired a security director and moved to appraise several properties that could be for sale, but there was little discussion of two big issues facing the district. Rhonda Corr update Beverly Meyer, the attorney whose report was key to Superintendent Rhonda Corr being placed on paid leave,...
Dayton school task force to move ahead despite paper’s public access fight
 Acting Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli and Dayton City Commissioner Jeff Mims both said their intent is to move forward with the DPS Facilities Task Force in private as planned, despite a dispute over public access. The district is considering closing multiple schools because several buildings are below 50 percent capacity...

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Acting Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli and Dayton City Commissioner Jeff Mims both said their intent is to move forward with the DPS Facilities Task Force in private as planned, despite a dispute over public access. The district is considering closing multiple schools because several buildings are below 50 percent capacity...
Bellbrook student, teacher both win honors
 Bellbrook-Sugarcreek schools had a student and a teacher win back-to-back honors from two national organizations this winter. Bellbrook High School senior Joey Derrico was one of only two Ohio students selected for the weeklong United States Senate Youth Program, to be held in Washington, D.C. in March. YEAR IN REVIEW: Top Ohio, Dayton education...

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Bellbrook-Sugarcreek schools had a student and a teacher win back-to-back honors from two national organizations this winter. Bellbrook High School senior Joey Derrico was one of only two Ohio students selected for the weeklong United States Senate Youth Program, to be held in Washington, D.C. in March. YEAR IN REVIEW: Top Ohio, Dayton education...
Just-elected Kettering school board member quits before he starts
 Edward Breen, who was elected to Kettering’s school board in November, has decided not to serve in that capacity, citing a conflict with growing “business responsibilities.” The school board will accept letters of interest through Jan. 22 from any school district residents 18 or older who want to fill Breen’s seat...

Posted: 11 days ago

Edward Breen, who was elected to Kettering’s school board in November, has decided not to serve in that capacity, citing a conflict with growing “business responsibilities.” The school board will accept letters of interest through Jan. 22 from any school district residents 18 or older who want to fill Breen’s seat...
City claims Dayton schools task force not subject to open meetings law
 The city of Dayton’s attorney argued Wednesday that Ohio open meetings law does not apply to the Dayton Public Schools Facilities Task Force organized by the school district and the city. The group had scheduled its first meeting for Tuesday, but canceled it after the members arrived, after a dispute with local media over whether the...

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The city of Dayton’s attorney argued Wednesday that Ohio open meetings law does not apply to the Dayton Public Schools Facilities Task Force organized by the school district and the city. The group had scheduled its first meeting for Tuesday, but canceled it after the members arrived, after a dispute with local media over whether the...
New member Harris chosen as Dayton school board president
 Dayton’s school board unanimously voted Tuesday to install William Harris as board president for 2018, as they had discussed at a special meeting last month. Harris had been elected in November and was almost immediately appointed to the board to fill the vacancy of Adil Baguirov, who resigned, citing a move out of the school district...

Posted: 13 days ago

Dayton’s school board unanimously voted Tuesday to install William Harris as board president for 2018, as they had discussed at a special meeting last month. Harris had been elected in November and was almost immediately appointed to the board to fill the vacancy of Adil Baguirov, who resigned, citing a move out of the school district...
Ohio school board wants lawmakers to extend softer graduation rules
 If Ohio lawmakers approve a recommendation made Tuesday by the state school board, softer graduation requirements that aren’t test-based will be extended for two more years. The board voted 16-1 to recommend the rules — already in place for this school year — be added for the Classes of 2019 and 2020. RELATED: 9 ways Ohio...

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If Ohio lawmakers approve a recommendation made Tuesday by the state school board, softer graduation requirements that aren’t test-based will be extended for two more years. The board voted 16-1 to recommend the rules — already in place for this school year — be added for the Classes of 2019 and 2020. RELATED: 9 ways Ohio...
Softer Ohio graduation rules may be expanded for 2 more years
 The state school board overwhelmingly recommended Tuesday that softer, non-test-based graduation requirements be extended to the Classes of 2019 and 2020. The relaxed standards have already been approved for current high school seniors (the Class of 2018). Those students still must pass 20 course credits, but rather than also passing state...

Posted: 13 days ago

The state school board overwhelmingly recommended Tuesday that softer, non-test-based graduation requirements be extended to the Classes of 2019 and 2020. The relaxed standards have already been approved for current high school seniors (the Class of 2018). Those students still must pass 20 course credits, but rather than also passing state...
Media questions prompt joint task force on Dayton schools to cancel meeting
 The new Facilities Task Force studying potential closure of Dayton Public Schools buildings canceled its initial meeting Tuesday morning after the members had already arrived. At issue was a disagreement between Task Force members and local media about whether the meeting was open to the public under Ohio’s open meetings law. RELATED...

Posted: 13 days ago

The new Facilities Task Force studying potential closure of Dayton Public Schools buildings canceled its initial meeting Tuesday morning after the members had already arrived. At issue was a disagreement between Task Force members and local media about whether the meeting was open to the public under Ohio’s open meetings law. RELATED...
Icy weather again closes Clark, Champaign schools
 All 12 public school districts in Clark and Champaign counties are closed today, thanks to a weather system that coated streets, cars and buses in ice. Most local private schools, career tech centers and charter schools are also closed. Traffic was a problem throughout the region this morning, with numerous crashes and slide-offs on icy highways...

Posted: 14 days ago

All 12 public school districts in Clark and Champaign counties are closed today, thanks to a weather system that coated streets, cars and buses in ice. Most local private schools, career tech centers and charter schools are also closed. Traffic was a problem throughout the region this morning, with numerous crashes and slide-offs on icy highways...
Ice storm closes local school districts, extends holiday break for many
 All 78 public school districts in the 10-county area surrounding Dayton are closed today, thanks to a weather system that coated streets, cars and buses in ice. Most local private schools, career tech centers and charter schools are also closed. Traffic was a problem throughout the Miami Valley this morning, with numerous crashes and...

Posted: 14 days ago

All 78 public school districts in the 10-county area surrounding Dayton are closed today, thanks to a weather system that coated streets, cars and buses in ice. Most local private schools, career tech centers and charter schools are also closed. Traffic was a problem throughout the Miami Valley this morning, with numerous crashes and...
DPS aims at learning, long-term vision
 Dayton Public Schools administrators say they’ll begin the second half of the school year focused on student academics, while the new school board said it will try to put together a long-term vision for the district. But they’ll be managing those tasks while two other significant issues hang in the balance – Superintendent...

Posted: 17 days ago

Dayton Public Schools administrators say they’ll begin the second half of the school year focused on student academics, while the new school board said it will try to put together a long-term vision for the district. But they’ll be managing those tasks while two other significant issues hang in the balance – Superintendent...
How did Dayton schools get to this point on underused buildings?
 Dayton Public Schools will rely on a task force for advice on whether to close multiple relatively new schools next fall, and the fate of the district’s headquarters building is in question, too. So how did the school district get to this point? The core issue is that there are fewer and fewer students attending Dayton Public Schools...

Posted: 18 days ago

Dayton Public Schools will rely on a task force for advice on whether to close multiple relatively new schools next fall, and the fate of the district’s headquarters building is in question, too. So how did the school district get to this point? The core issue is that there are fewer and fewer students attending Dayton Public Schools...
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