Dayton schools’ headquarters move delayed again, into 2020

Dayton Public Schools’ long-delayed headquarters move across Ludlow Street to a smaller complex at 124-136 South Ludlow has been pushed back again, into spring 2020.

Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli would not offer a target move-in date, saying only that the building’s new elevator “won’t be here until March.”

2018 STORY: DPS plans to move central offices across street

The 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.

Lolli acknowledged frustration with the process, saying she and other central office personnel have had many things packed for months and are just waiting.

“Moving the data room was also a question,” she said. “We did some research on do we do it virtually, or do we actually move the room, so that slowed us down as well.”

JUNE STORY: Schools target August headquarters move

Early in 2018, school district officials partnered with city and community leaders on a school facilities task force to analyze whether Dayton Public Schools should close some buildings. As a result, the district closed the former Valerie Elementary building on Bradwood Drive in summer 2018 and the World of Wonder school on Oakridge Drive this summer.

That process also triggered the plan to switch central office sites. 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. But the move across the street to another DPS-owned complex has also been costly, and has turned into a two-year process.

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