Dayton school task force meets

UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: The timeline on Dayton's potential school closure decision is being accelerated, as acting superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said Tuesday that she'll give the school board a recommendation within a few weeks.

Lolli said she hopes that the board will make its decision at its March 20 meeting.

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The original goal was for the task force to meet six times and make a recommendation by April 2, so that the school board’s formal decision could be made later in April or in May.

Now, the task force’s recommendation, through Lolli, will come after two meetings plus an aborted tour of under-enrolled schools. Lolli said the scheduled March 6 task force meeting has been canceled.

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“I think it will be difficult to consider all of the information, but we have been working on this for at least two and a half months at this point, so a lot of things have been digested and thought through, and we just need to make the best decision to serve our students,” she said.

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Dayton Public Schools will have a full day Tuesday, as the district’s facilities task force meets at 9:30 a.m., the school board holds its monthly business meeting at 5 p.m., and students and teachers return from a four-day weekend.

The facilities task force is studying possible closure of multiple Dayton schools because enrollment declines have left several buildings well below capacity, according to district officials.

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At the task force’s first meeting Jan. 24, the 18-member group talked extensively about school quality and academic performance. But its Feb. 6 school tours were cut short due to a court challenge over whether that bus trip was illegal under Ohio public meetings law.

An attorney representing the school district has said no further group tours are scheduled, and the task force’s remaining meetings will be open to the public.

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The 5 p.m. school board meeting is the first in five weeks where residents can make public comments to the board, as that only occurs at the monthly business meeting.

Since the last business meeting, the district has parted ways with Superintendent Rhonda Corr, discussed closing schools and had a student arrested for having a loaded gun at a middle school, the same day as a tragic school shooting in Florida.

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Also, later this week, the DPS facilities task force will hold a community meeting to hear public input, at 6 p.m. Thursday, at Meadowdale Elementary, 3871 Yellowstone Ave.

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