DPS board to decide on layoffs Tuesday night

More than 30 Dayton Public Schools classroom paraprofessionals like Bobbi Hartsog, right, were slated for layoff, demotion, or transfer to another school or position. The school board will consider their fate Tuesday, Dec. 6, and there are indications the layoffs may not happen. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

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More than 30 Dayton Public Schools classroom paraprofessionals like Bobbi Hartsog, right, were slated for layoff, demotion, or transfer to another school or position. The school board will consider their fate Tuesday, Dec. 6, and there are indications the layoffs may not happen. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Dayton's school board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday to consider 42 personnel moves, including layoffs, job transfers and more, that were tabled on Nov. 17.

The 42 affected employees include teachers and instructional aides, mental health technicians, plus clerical, building trades and operations employees.

As of Monday, the meeting agenda was posted the same way it was Nov. 17 — with 21 people still listed for layoff, 12 slated to be reduced to substitute roles, and nine changing assignments, some to lower-paying jobs.

But several DPS leaders indicated last week that at least some of the cuts might be put off for now and reconsidered for summer 2017.

Board President Adil Baguirov said Thursday that the instructional aides likely would not be subject to layoff at this point. But he would not elaborate whether that meant only those specifically listed for layoff, or whether aides headed for transfer or substitute jobs would also stay in their existing roles.

Dayton Public Schools laid off 19 administrative employees on Nov. 8 and had 27 teachers switch classrooms to avoid layoff because of declining enrollment in certain schools and grades. Those moves seem unlikely to be reversed, according to comments from the school board and the teachers union.

Tuesday’s meeting is solely devoted to these staffing issues. The only agenda items listed as of Monday afternoon were a public comment period, and school board consideration of the 42 items.

Public comment has been a point of contention at some meetings this year, both because of length of time allotted and the sometimes strident tone. About 50 people spoke at the Nov. 17 meeting. The school district's public notice for Tuesday's meeting said public comment would be "in accordance with Board Policy BDDH-E."

Until Monday afternoon, the DPS web site contained an outdated version of Policy BDDH-E that said each speaker gets five minutes to speak — contrary to the recent practice of allowing three minutes. Asked about the policy, district leaders said it was changed to three minutes more than a year ago. Minutes after the question from this newspaper, the policy was changed on the DPS web site, and the date stamp on the policy manual changed from Dec. 3, 2014 to Dec. 5, 2016.


How to go

What: Dayton school board meeting

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday

Where: 115 S. Ludlow St., downtown Dayton

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