Dayton school board to meet today with closure issue looming

Dayton’s school board meets today at its downtown headquarters, with several significant issues either on the agenda or in the background for Dayton Public Schools.

** This is the first meeting since DPS leaders announced last week they may close some schools next fall. A large crowd is expected, and the public comment section of the meeting could be emotional, as both families and school employees consider how the changes may affect them.

** Tuesday’s meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. in a fourth-floor conference room, with the first hour devoted to setting the 2018 meeting calendar and discussing who will be board president and vice president for 2018. The leadership positions are important for a board that has been criticized for inefficiency and confusion at meetings.

At the normal 5:30 p.m. start time, the board will go to the first-floor board room to do the rest of the meeting.

** The school board is scheduled to vote whether to end its sponsorship of the Dayton Business Technology High School charter school. This dropout recovery school serves about 150 students.

** While there is nothing on the agenda addressing Rhonda Corr, the DPS superintendent remains on paid leave pending a pre-disciplinary hearing. It was at the DPS business meeting one month ago that the board voted to put Corr on administrative leave and promote Elizabeth Lolli to acting superintendent.