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This election will change the face of Dayton’s board of education, because four of the seven seats are up for grabs, and three incumbents — Hazel Rountree, Ron Lee and Adil Baguirov — decided not to run.
The vote also comes at a crucial time for Dayton Public Schools. On the positive side, state test scores were good enough a year ago to eliminate the threat of state takeover, and preliminary numbers this year show more modest progress.
But DPS is coming off a painful seven-month contract fight with its teachers, resulting in the teachers union issuing a vote of no confidence in the board and Superintendent Rhonda Corr. Several other unions are still in negotiations, working under the terms of last year’s expired contracts. And the district is undergoing major changes — from school start times, to busing, to computer technology to curriculum and textbooks.
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Who are the candidates?
The eight candidates who have been approved for the November election are, Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Paul Bradley, Ann Marie (Mario) Gallin, Bill Harris Jr., Jo’el Jones, Joe Lacey, Jocelyn Rhynard and Karen Wick-Gagnet.
Lacey is the only incumbent on the ballot. Other current board members Robert Walker, John McManus and Sheila Taylor are halfway through their four-year terms.
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A public information session on the race is currently scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the downtown library. That event conflicts with a scheduled school board meeting.