Dayton school board quiet on Corr, task force issue

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:42 PM


            Dayton’s school board meets Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. From left are Vice President John McManus, President William Harris, Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli and board member Shelia Taylor. (Jeremy P. Kelley/Staff)
Dayton’s school board meets Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. From left are Vice President John McManus, President William Harris, Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli and board member Shelia Taylor. (Jeremy P. Kelley/Staff)

Dayton’s newly seated school board on Tuesday hired a security director and moved to appraise several properties that could be for sale, but there was little discussion of two big issues facing the district.

Rhonda Corr update

Beverly Meyer, the attorney whose report was key to Superintendent Rhonda Corr being placed on paid leave, met with school board members and DPS attorney Jyllian Bradshaw in a closed executive session Tuesday night.

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Bradshaw would not comment on whether the executive session was about Corr. Asked about the district disciplinary process for the exiled superintendent, Bradshaw said hearings were “in the process of being rescheduled,” the same answer she gave last month.

David Duwel, one of Corr’s attorneys, confirmed there had been no official change in her case.

Facilities task force

Two speakers criticized the school district for trying to hold meetings of its facilities task force in private.

“I feel as if our board is moving in a direction without any type of engagement from our community,” DPS parent Cameron Walker said. “You shake your heads, nod and smile, and then you make decisions that really have a negative impact on the students and our community.”

RELATED: Task force leaders discuss group’s future

There was no scheduled discussion of the task force Tuesday night . School board member Karen Wick-Gagnet said there has been no additional movement by the task force, which disbanded its first meeting before it began after a dispute over public access.

Wick-Gagnet said asking school board members to take a stand on whether the meetings should be open or closed “is not appropriate right now” because the situation is pending.

Board action

The school board approved a new three-year contract with DPS’ clerical employees union. The district has now reached agreement with nine of its 11 bargaining units. Still operating under expired contracts from last year are bus drivers and the Building and Construction Trades Council.

The board promoted Richard Wright II from associate director to executive director of safety and security, replacing Jamie Bullens, who resigned in December. Wright has been with DPS for just over four years.

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Also Tuesday, as DPS continues to evaluate its facilities, the board approved a $13,700 contract to appraise the market value of five district sites — Gardendale, Longfellow, the former Patterson-Kennedy, district headquarters downtown, and two buildings across from headquarters on Ludlow Street.

Procedural issues

With four new members, including William Harris as president, the school board has talked about the need to make DPS meetings more efficient. The board just eliminated its once-a-month strategic planning meetings and is also trying to shorten its remaining two monthly meetings, which have lasted as long as four hours.

But that led to objections from school board member Sheila Taylor. Harris interrupted a pair of consultants making a long presentation on DPS’ student technology, asking the pair to wrap up and share the rest of their information with the district’s technology department.

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Taylor told Harris she “totally disagreed” with his decision, saying it went beyond efficiency and was not “community friendly.”

“If we have a presentation that we’ve been waiting on for quite some time, then I feel that’s what I’m here for, to hear it,” Taylor said after the 30-minute presentation. “Many dollars were invested in this consultation and it was also the topic of several meetings.”

The board had to re-do a vote on one recurring monthly issue after two members misunderstood board practice on teacher resignations.

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Taylor also complained about the school board consolidating all of its personnel, contract and financial items into a single “consent agenda” vote, saying that should be a matter for board discussion. Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the move is a time-saver, and emphasized that board members can call for any item to be pulled out of the consent agenda for a separate vote.

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Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:22 AM

California drivers soon may have a say in picking the photos for their driver's licenses.
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California drivers soon may have a say in picking the photos for their driver's licenses.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Have you ever met anyone who liked their driver’s license photo? 

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Of course not. 

Photos on driver’s licenses always seem to show a person at his or her worst, but a bill proposed in the California state legislature would give drivers a choice, KABC reported.

The bill would allow drivers to have multiple photos taken, and would allow them to choose a favorite for the license.

While the bill would grant drivers freedom of choice, it would be more expensive for drivers getting their photos taken, KABC reported.

The bill does not specify the exact cost, but notes that additional revenue would go toward driver's education programs in California’s public schools, KABC reported.

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Report: Dye pack explodes on Oakwood LCNB robber 

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:40 PM

FROM SCENE: Robbery at LCNB, dye pack explodes on robber

UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m.

Police are seeking the public’s help to find the bank robber who held up LCNB.

The suspect entered Lebanon Citizens National Bank, 2705 Far Hills Ave., around 5:30 p.m., demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, Oakwood police Lt. Chuck Balaj said.

No weapon was seen, and the suspect left in a black Pontiac G6.

Anyone with information is urged to call Oakwood police at 937-298-2122 or Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP(7867).

FIRST REPORT

Police were called this evening to a report of a bank robbery at LCNB.

The alarm was sounded around 5:40 p.m. at Lebanon Citizens National Bank, 2705 Far Hills Ave., according to police scanner traffic. 

Oakwood police said the matter was under investigation and would not release any details.

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According to initial reports, a dye pack exploded on the suspect, described as a man in his 50s who stands between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 7 inches and was wearing a black ball cap and black sweater. He reportedly fled in a black Pontiac G6 south on Far Hills Avenue.

The suspect did not show a weapon but kept his hand inside his pocket, according to initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this report.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Drizzle, fog tonight; Flood watch in effect

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:04 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Rain showers continue at times today in the Dayton area, and into parts of the weekend.

A Flood Watch is in effect for Montgomery, Preble, Clark, Greene, Butler, Warren  and Clinton counties until Sunday morning.

>> Weekend to bring more rain, threat for strong storms

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Areas of drizzle, fog tonight
  • Rain increasing in coverage, intensity Saturday
  • Additional 1-3 inches of rain possible through Sunday morning

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DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Mostly cloudy skies will linger through the night with areas of fog, light rain and drizzle possible. Steadier showers will develop overnight around 3 a.m. Temperatures drop tonight through the 50s to a low in the lower 40s. 

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Saturday: Rain likely and could be heavy at times. Thunderstorms also will be possible during the day. Flooding will be possible with rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches through Saturday night. High temperatures will be in the middle 50s. 

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Sunday: Rain early in the day, then breaks in the clouds later. Flooding will still be possible as rivers and streams continue to rise. Highs will be in the lower 50s and it will be windy at times. 

Monday: It will be a nice start to the workweek. There will be sunshine for the afternoon with temperatures above normal in the low 50s.

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Tuesday: Expect mostly sunny skies will mild temperatures in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: Showers are expected to return with highs topping out near 60 degrees. 

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Male, 17, arrested in death of Dayton mother shot in front of children

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:04 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 8:19 PM

Connected to Lorenz Avenue homicide

UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m. (Feb. 23): A 17-year-old male has been arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center on a preliminary charge of murder in the Feb. 16 shooting of 22-year-old Keyona Murray, Dayton police said.

The teenager has a criminal history, according to investigators.

Court officials said he has been in trouble before on charges that include delinquency by reason of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, delinquency by reason of breaking and entering and delinquency by reason of burglary.  

Officials said he had recently completed probation.

RELATED: Coroner: Victim in Lorenz Ave. shooting dies, identified

Police said the teen was taken into custody today at a residence on Gard Avenue in Dayton.

A detention hearing is scheduled for Saturday morning.

INITIAL REPORT

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in the shooting death of a woman shot in front of two children on Feb. 16.

Keyona Murray, shot and killed in an incident Feb. 16, 2018, at a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton. (Courtesy/Miami Valley Crime Stoppers)

Keyona Murray, 22, died at Miami Valley Hospital after medics took her from a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton where she had been shot in the head, according to police.

RELATED: Coroner: Victim in Lorenz Ave. shooting dies, identified

Murray was sitting in a bedroom with her 2-year-old child, 2-year-old nephew and another adult when someone fired numerous times into the house.

Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering the reward and said anyone providing tips can remain anonymous.

“We also know that in all likelihood, someone in the community knows who committed this heinous crime, so Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest or arrests of anyone involved,” the organization said in a prepared statement. 

“Keyona succumbed to her injuries later that night, leaving many to mourn her loss after this senseless act of violence.”

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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