Dozens discuss improvements and concerns at DPS public forum

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dozens of former and current teachers, parents, and concerned community members discussed where Dayton Public Schools stands at their latest public forum.

Thursday night at Thurgood Marshall STEM High School, the attendees broke into small groups to share what areas they felt the district had improved in, but also where it was still lacking.

Some groups said communication has improved, while others said it’s still an issue.

DPS School Board Vice President Jocelyn Rhynard said their renewal of the parent family community counsel should help with that.

“I hope it’s a way for PTOs to organize and communicate with each other and also members of the public to come and listen to the business and bring their concerns to them,” said Rhynard.

After chatting with their group members, each group identified areas where the district had improved. 

“The transparency about the information on finances has been better,” said one group member. “Also, the addition of instrumental music in the high school and the revamping of instrumental music in elementary.”

But the groups also shared what still concerned them.

“Students aren’t getting grade level approppriate content in the classroom,” said another group. “It’s really below level where they need to be, it’s below level where they should be.”

A number of groups all said the lack of high school transportation is a problem.

Rhynard said it is a big budgeting issue, but they are trying to find a solution.

“We know that attendance is really important and something we talk about a lot,” said Rhynard. “Making sure that kids have access to reliable transportation would likely improve the attendance of the city.”

The last town hall meeting for this school year is scheduled for May 16th at Wright Brothers Middle School.
 

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