Dayton Public Schools

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
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After more than two months, Dayton Public Schools has reached a separation agreement with superintendent Rhonda Corr.

 

DPS agreed to pay Corr’s salary and retirement contributions, and provide insurance benefits through the her current contract year - which ends in July.  The district will not pay out the remaining 2 years on her contract. The package is worth more than $100,000.

The deal was approved by the school board after a meeting Tuesday.

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A task force of community leaders and city officials gathered for the first time Wednesday to discuss potential school closures at Dayton Public Schools.

 

Nine under-capacity West Dayton schools, Boys Prep, EJ Brown, Rosa Parks, Meadowdale Elementary, Meadowdale High, World of Wonder, Wogaman, Westwood, and the Innovative Learning Center at Jackson Center, are being reviewed by the committee.

At the meeting, district spokesperson Marsha Bonhart emphasized that not all of those schools will be targeted for closure.

 

Dayton Public Schools
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Dayton officials are seeking public comments on a plan to close or consolidate Dayton Public School-district facilities.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, members of the Dayton City Commission and DPS officials Thursday launched a new 16-member task force that will work to identify underutilized administration buildings and schools for potential shutdown after the current school year.

The Dayton Public School district is considering closing schools next fall due to declining enrollment.

At a meeting last night, board members were presented with enrollment data which revealed many schools are well under capacity, making operating costs prohibitively high.  Acting Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Lolli told board members her team is mulling responses to the problem.

She emphasized that DPS is unlikely to move forward with any plan that would negatively affect district staffing levels.

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
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Dayton Public Schools is again under scrutiny following the school board’s decision in late November to place Superintendent Rhonda Corr on administrative leave.

Among other things, Corr is accused of creating a hostile work environment in the district’s central office.

 

She was originally scheduled to respond to the allegations this week at a disciplinary hearing, but it was rescheduled.

 

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
Liam Niemeyer / WYSO

After one week, the Dayton School Board has revealed their reasons for placing Superintendent Rhonda Corr on administrative leave. Among other things, Corr is accused of creating a hostile work environment for district employees.

 

Documents released by the school district outline several long-standing complaints about Corr’s behavior and paint a picture of dysfunction at the district’s central office.  

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
Liam Niemeyer / WYSO

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr has been placed on administrative leave. DPS board members voted late Tuesday night to place Corr on leave and name associate superintendent, Elizabeth Lolli, as acting superintendent.

 

 

School board officials aren’t yet why Corr was removed as superintendent.

It is being reported that Corr and Lolli were under allegations of discrimination and harassment.

Dayton School Board candidates participated in an issues forum in October
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Four new members are set to join the Dayton School Board.

Voters elected three members of a four candidate campaign slate:  Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William Harris, and Karen Wick-Gagnet. DPS Parent Jocelyn Rhynard also secured a spot on the seven member board.

Campaign slate member Paul Bradley, incumbent Joe Lacey, and candidates Anne Marie Gallin and Jo'el Jones all fell short of winning seats.

 

 

 

Dayton School Board candidates participated in an issues forum in October
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As Election Day approaches, WYSO is taking a look at some of the important issues on the ballot. This year's Dayton School Board race is unusually crowded, with eight candidates vying for four seats. 

Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William Harris, Karen Wick-Gagnet, Jo'el Jones, Paul Bradley, Jocelyn Rhynard, Joe Lacy, and Ann Marie "Mario" Gallin are all on the ballot. WYSO news editor Jess Mador sat down with WYSO reporter April Laissle to discuss the race, the district and the candidates.

 

 

Dayton Public Schools
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A recent report from the Ohio Department of Education has revealed that around a quarter of Ohio’s high school seniors are not on track to meet the state’s new testing requirements for graduation. In urban school districts, the number is even higher. Many districts are turning to alternative pathways to graduation.

Last year, after the Ohio Department of Education raised testing requirements for the class of 2018, school officials across the state said they were expecting to see massive drops in graduation rates as a result.

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