Work continues in October 2019 on the new headquarters complex for Dayton Public Schools, at 124-136 S. Ludlow St., across the street and half a block down from the existing office. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Break-in, theft hits Dayton schools’ HQ building under construction

Dayton Public Schools’ planned headquarters move across Ludlow Street hit another snag this week, as someone broke into the new site and stole plumbing and wiring equipment.

According to a Dayton Police report, DPS employees found damage at the 136 S. Ludlow St. building on Tuesday morning, reporting that the break-in had occurred overnight.

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Among the items stolen were 50 flush valves, 100 feet of copper water pipe and wiring, plus a 2,000-watt generator. The value of the stolen items was $9,500, according to the police report, which also mentioned damage to some wiring and valves in the basement.

DPS Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton said Wednesday that the damage was not significant and will not delay the move.

District officials have said the existing headquarters at 115 S. Ludlow St. — the former Reynolds and Reynolds complex bought in 2003 — is too large for existing staff and too expensive to maintain.

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But the move across the street to another DPS-owned complex has also been costly, and has turned into a two-year process. The central office move was first scheduled for summer 2018, but has been delayed repeatedly by more than $3 million in renovations to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, office spaces, the elevator, computer networks and other areas.

The current target is spring 2020, as Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the building’s new elevator “won’t be here until March.”

WHIO-TV reporter Mike Campbell contributed to this report.

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