In the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, Dayton Public Schools reported 90 retirements and 127 other resignations among the 1,046 teachers, nurses, counselors and other staff covered by the Dayton Education Association contract.
“We had quite a few teachers come out statewide because it was a wise financial decision for them,” Nalls said.
She said the district anticipates more resignations this year but hopes that, shortly afterwards, the numbers will begin to stabilize.
DPS is offering incentives to potential hires, including a living stipend of $1,000 for first-year teachers. As of August, only person had taken advantage of the program. Updated numbers were not available Monday, but Nalls said she believes “a few” more have signed up.
Asked why she believes aspiring teachers should make a career in Dayton versus other public schools in the area, Nalls responded with the message she said she gave every applicant Saturday: “You can become the difference at Dayton Public Schools.”
“It’s very important for kids to go to school and have teachers that are willing to educate them,” said Dayton resident Kim Kelly, whose son is in the 7th grade at Meadowdale Elementary. “His teacher he had last year was very good; anytime there was a problem, he called me.”