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Dayton schools seek public input at town hall meeting tonight

Dayton Public Schools will host a Town Hall meeting today to get public input on the district’s path for the future, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy, 1923 W. Third St. in Dayton.

District officials said Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli will discuss three primary topics at the meeting — academic achievement, attendance and school finance. Those were among the topics examined at Saturday’s school board retreat for strategic planning.

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A panel of school and community leaders will offer response to Lolli’s comments tonight, and members of the public will also be asked for their input on key DPS issues.

In the past two-plus years, DPS has changed superintendents twice, seen significant turnover in key administrative positions, and elected four new members to the district’s seven-member school board.

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The state report card that was released this month gave Dayton Public Schools’ an overall grade of “F” continuing years of low state test scores and putting the district at risk of state takeover next fall.

Dayton school board President William Harris on Saturday said DPS officials understand the importance of installing a strategic plan that is measurable and achievable.

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