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Lacey is the only incumbent on the ballot. The other three incumbents – Hazel Rountree, Ron Lee and Adil Baguirov – decided not to run for re-election. Other current board members Robert Walker, John McManus and Sheila Taylor are halfway through their four-year terms.
The vote comes at a crucial time for Dayton Public Schools. One year after escaping the threat of state takeover, DPS is coming off a long, painful contract fight with its teachers, who issued a vote of no confidence in the board and superintendent. The district has solved some of its busing problems, but after a rise last year, student growth scores dipped again on the 2016-17 state report card.
Trotwood school board
In the Trotwood-Madison school board race, incumbents Myra Bozeman, Deborah Daniel and Denise Moore are being challenged by Toni Perry Gillispie and Norman Scearce. Only three will be elected.
Trotwood schools are only one year from potential state takeover by an academic distress commission. They posted the lowest performance index of Ohio’s 608 school districts on the recently released state report card.
Jefferson school board
Jefferson Twp. has a strange school board election. They need to fill three regular school board seats, but only two incumbents are running – Cuttino Dargan, and Emmet Orr (as a write-in candidate). Election officials said that means after the Nov. 7 vote, the Jefferson Twp. school board will follow its internal procedure to fill the remaining four-year vacancy.
But there’s a separate vote for the last two years of an unexpired board term, and two people are running for that one spot – incumbent Vilma Helms and challenger Kanata Jones.
NAACP President Derrick Foward said his organization does not endorse candidates, but as an “issues-driven organization” it reserves the right to publicize if a candidate does not support the group’s issues.