Dayton Public School representatives and the district’s teacher’s union may be close to a resolution, as early as today, DPS Superintendent Rhonda Corr said Sunday.
Corr, who was on her way to church to “pray for resolving the issue,” said the documented struggles of the district and Dayton Education Association negotiations were heavy burdens to bear.
“It weighs heavy on your heart,” she said. “I feel like I have the weight of Montgomery County and beyond on my shoulders.”
“I think it could get done by Monday … definitely by Wednesday,” Corr said. “I have to make some calls to my board today and see where they’re willing to get to.”
Leaders of Dayton Public Schools and the Dayton Education Association had their first mediation session in two months Thursday, going from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They’re scheduled to repeat that process Monday and Wednesday, with a strike date looming Aug. 11, just ahead of the Aug. 15 first day of school.
“I’m going to be doing some cold-calling to my board members to see how much they’ll support me in what I want to propose,” Corr said.
I think if David Romick and I just sat down somewhere, this would be over in two days. OEA likes to pump people up and glamorize this. But Dayton is not Chicago or Cleveland. I think everybody wants what’s best, and if (teachers) knew what we were offering, they would feel respected.”
Last week, the teacher’s union provided several reasons for their contract negotiations and potential strike, including more competitive salaries, additional staff and the addition of district-mandated “clock in” procedures.
Our education reporter Jeremy Kelley is continuing to follow the developments in Dayton Public Schools. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.