Dayton school board votes Tuesday on future of charter school

The future of Dayton Business Technology High School is in jeopardy after 12 years, as Dayton’s school board is expected to vote Tuesday whether to end its sponsorship of the charter school.

The dropout recovery school, often referred to as Dayton Tech, serves about 150 students at 348 W. First St. Dayton Business Tech board President Bryan Ashenbaum said students there on average are slightly older than traditional high school students, as many have had a dropout or other interruption in their school careers.

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“The resolution was a surprise to us,” Ashenbaum said. “We met with (DPS’ evaluation) committee and got pointers on our application. We were told, here are the things that are good, here are the improvement areas you need. That meeting was very friendly. … Obviously the full committee that evaluated us didn’t score us as well as we would have liked.”

DPS administrator LaShawn Graham, who led that evaluation, told Dayton’s school board last week that a committee of administrators scored Dayton Tech on areas including academic success, organizational performance and fiscal soundness. She said that process is a result of the recent House Bill 2 charter school reforms.

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