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Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
Dayton Public Schools is facing criticism for trying to steer tonight’s school board candidate forum away from “bashing” of Superintendent Rhonda Corr, current school board members or fellow candidates.
DPS spokeswoman Marsha Bonhart sent an email Sunday night to the eight candidates running for four seats on the school board. It was a follow-up on earlier communications about the Dayton Education Council candidate forum scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. today at DPS’ Ponitz Career Technology Center.
Bonhart’s email said, “It is very important that we keep this forum civil.” She continued, “We ask that you not participate in or instigate any ‘bashing’ of Superintendent Corr, Dayton school board members, or each other. Please stay focused on providing quality answers to all of the questions.”
School board candidate Jocelyn Rhynard sent a letter to Corr on Tuesday, saying she thought the event “was to be an opportunity for the candidates for Dayton school board to participate in a free and open exchange of views.”
“I am shocked that the office of the superintendent would attempt to prohibit the candidates for the school board from speaking our minds regarding the important issues facing our community, including your performance as superintendent of Dayton Public Schools and the performance of the current school board,” Rhynard’s letter said.
She called it a “highly inappropriate” insertion of Corr’s office into the political process and asked her to retract Bonhart’s request and issue an apology.
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Bonhart said her focus was merely on the term “bashing.”
“I was just trying to maintain an atmosphere of civility,” she said. “I was not trying to steer the conversation.”
Candidate Paul Bradley said the four-candidate “slate” of himself, Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William Harris and Karen Wick-Gagnet had also discussed Bonhart’s email.
“It is kind of disappointing way letter was worded, given that it was coming from a DPS director,” Bradley said. “It felt like it was somewhat trying to influence the temperament of the discourse that’s going to happen, and I don’t think that’s appropriate.”
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
HUBER HEIGHTS — Executive Boulevard is blocked in both directions in Huber Heights after a construction crew struck a gas line Thursday morning.
Vectren crews have been requested to the scene to isolate the leak, according to initial reports.
Dispatchers said there have been no reports of evacuations in the area.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:47 AM
— Funeral arrangements have been announced following the death of famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham. The well-known religious figure, who counseled several presidents and preached to millions of people worldwide, died Wednesday, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.
Billy Graham passed away this morning at his Montreat, North Carolina, home and met his Savior, Jesus Christ. Mr. Graham was 99. For more visit: https://t.co/BqTSDigeaT— BGEA (@BGEA) February 21, 2018
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Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:14 AM
— McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is back at some locations this week.
This year, there is no other flavor. In 2017, the restaurant had four Shamrock Shake flavors outside of the mint one: frappe, chocolate, hot chocolate and mocha. Instead, McDonald’s is offering a Shamrock Shake Finder app on iOS and Android so customers can locate the popular dessert.
“Fans simply need to download the app and from there, locate participating restaurants locations, swap Shamrock Shake-themed stickers and raise a shake with friends to toast St. Patrick’s Day,” McDonald’s said of the app in a Feb. 12 news release. “In addition to helping fans find the nearest Shamrock Shake, the app also features a brand new camera mode, featuring an augmented reality (AR) experience for iPhone X.”
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:09 AM
DAYTON — A fire has been reported on North Terry Street this morning.
Firefighters responded to an address in the first block of North Terry around 11 a.m.
Initial reports indicated there may be people inside the house and we’re working to confirm those reports.