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The plan also includes newspaper and website ads, social media spots on Facebook and Snapchat targeting moms with kids, and ads on the music platforms Pandora and Spotify. RTA bus ads will feature information specifically about the schools buses are traveling near.
“We want to make sure the message is clear, consistent and ongoing in a variety of places,” Lolli said.
DPS’ enrollment has stabilized somewhat this decade, hovering between 12,000 and 14,000, after falling by tens of thousands in the previous few decades as families moved out of Dayton and remaining parents chose charter and Catholic schools. The district is battling significant bad publicity after sports scandals led to state probation, and very bad state report cards created the threat of state takeover.
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There are good things as well, from the purchase of new buses and textbooks, to the strengthening of career tech offerings and the revival of school music programs.
“There are wonderful things that happen every day in the Dayton Public Schools, and we want to get that word out there and change the narrative,” Lolli said.
Tuesday’s school board meeting was a review session. The board reserves most formal votes for the monthly business meeting, which this month is on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The personnel section of the agenda includes the resignation of Dayton Public Schools’ internal legal counsel, Jyllian Bradshaw, effective Nov. 2. Lolli said the district has put out a “request for qualifications” to local law firms, as DPS hopes to contract with a firm to handle its legal needs, rather than hire another in-house attorney.