Dayton Public Schools

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Dayton school bus drivers have approved a contract deal with Dayton Public Schools, preventing a strike that was originally scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Details of that deal have not yet been released. But, according to a statement from the district, members of the Local 627 chapter of the OAPSE voted overwhelmingly in favor of the new contract. The school board is set to officially approve the deal at a scheduled board meeting Tuesday.

The two parties announced they had reached an impasse late last month, after more than nine months of negotiations.

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Dayton Public Schools and the union representing district bus drivers have reached a tentative agreement to avoid a strike, according to a statement from both parties.

The deal still needs to be approved by the school board and the union's full membership before it is finalized.

The two parties have been in negotiations for over 9 months. In that time, they’ve reached tentative agreements that were eventually voted down by members of the bus drivers union. Bus Drivers are scheduled to strike on Tuesday, April 10 if a final contract deal is not ratified.

School buses line up at Centerville department of education transportation headquarters.
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With less than a week to go before a planned bus driver strike, Dayton Public School officials have yet to release details of a backup student-transportation plan.

The Local 627 chapter of the OAPSE bus drivers’ union announced plans to strike last week, after contract talks with the district broke down. DPS officials say there are no plans to continue negotiations with the union before the April 10 strike date.

To learn more about how the impending driver strike could impact DPS parents and students, WYSO’s Jess Mador spoke with WYSO education reporter April Laissle.

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A union representing Dayton school bus drivers has declared intent to strike after months of failed contract negotiations with the district. The announcement comes less than a year after the district narrowly avoided a teacher strike.

If a deal is not reached, more than 150 drivers plan to strike on April 10. That’s a day after students are set to return to school after Spring Break. It would also coincide with state required testing, according to a district press release.

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The Dayton Public Schools Board voted Tuesday night to approve Acting DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli as permanent superintendent. Lolli has held the post since former superintendent Rhonda Corr’s departure last November.

The board also voted in favor of Lolli’s three-year school-district reorganization proposal. She announced the proposal at a recent school-board meeting.  

Dayton Public Schools
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley celebrated the announcement Friday that Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli has reached a tentative contract agreement with the legal counsel of Dayton Public Schools.

Lolli assumed the superintendent post after former schools superintendent Rhonda Corr’s departure in November, 2017.

The late Friday announcement follows another momentous DPS announcement earlier this week.

Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli presented a proposal to consolidate, close or reorganize some district schools and buildings over the next three years.
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The Dayton Public Schools board Tuesday heard a proposal to consolidate, close or reorganize some district schools and buildings.

Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli presented her detailed three-year proposal, which listed a range of recommendations, including a call to close and demolish Valerie Elementary in Northwest Dayton, consolidate middle school students into just four schools and relocate DPS headquarters.

The proposal also calls for finding ways to boost student enrollment at remaining schools. 

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Dayton Public Schools has had an eventful few months. In December, district officials announced plans to close or consolidate schools, citing low enrollment. DPS also permanently severed ties with Superintendent Rhonda Corr. And, the district’s financial dealings have recently become the subject of a state audit. To learn more about these developments, WYSO’s Juliet Fromholt spoke with education reporter April Laissle.

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Dayton Public Schools paid three teachers a combined $30,000 during the months after they resigned. A report from the state auditor’s office revealed it took the district eight months to realize the error in one case.

By that point, the teacher had received $16,000 in unearned salary. A former assistant principal was also paid over $1,000 for days he did not work.

April Laissle

Across the country, many school districts are grappling with declining enrollment. Many of these districts are opting to shutter schools in an effort to save money. This is despite conflicting research on the benefits of school closures. Now, Dayton may be next.  In December, DPS leaders revealed many district schools are operating at under 50-percent capacity. Officials launched a task force to help decide the fate of Dayton’s emptiest school buildings –– many of them on the city's west side. DPS authorities refer to the effort as a facilities "right-sizing."

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