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Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 3:44 PM
DAYTON — A Dayton Public Schools teacher was terminated after he reportedly “grabbed a student by the wrist during gym class at Rosa Parks Early Learning Center, twisted his arm, and dragged him across the gym floor,” according to a letter detailing the district’s accusations.
David Cameron was accused of dragging the kindergarten boy “on or about” Nov. 28, 2016, according to a March 15 letter DPS Treasurer Hiwot Abraha wrote Cameron detailing the specifications of the grounds for termination.
The school board approved a resolution to terminate Cameron during Tuesday night’s meeting. Attempts to reach Cameron for this story at a telephone number listed online were not successful.
The Dayton Daily News obtained the letter using Ohio’s public records laws.
“The kindergarten student expressed that you were hurting him, yet you did not release him,” the letter states. “On Feb, 23, 2017, you were present at an administrative hearing regarding the charges and specifications surrounding this matter. It was noted in the hearing that you have been counseled previously regarding appropriate student disciplinary procedures.”
Cameron initially requested a hearing before a referee appointed by the Ohio Department of Education, according to the resolution from the meeting. But the document says Cameron “withdrew his request and waived any right to a hearing” before the Aug. 2 meeting.
Cameron was placed on leave for several months after the incident.
A 2014-15 staff roster for Fairview PreK-8 School lists Cameron as a physical education teacher. A 2016-17 staff roster lists Cameron as the physical education teacher at Rosa Parks ELC.
Cameron earned $65,006 in base compensation in 2016, according to the Dayton Daily News I-Team Payroll Project.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 2:30 PM
LEBANON — Lebanon is in the final stages of a multi-year, $72 million school building project.
Work will be done when the old elementary, where the school district offices are located, is demolished. The district offices will be moved to a renovated section of another old school, formerly the high school and then Lebanon Junior High, on Miller Road.
“The project this community supported should last for many, many years. I think it’s a testament to what the community thinks about its schools,” Superintendent Todd Yohey said.
To get it all done, the district expects to spend more than $1 million not included in the building project funding in expectation of saving on $4 million in repairs otherwise needed on the former Holbrook Elementary School, where the district offices and board meeting room are located.
“From a financial standpoint, it just makes more sense,” Yohey said.
On Tuesday, Lebanon planners signed off on the renovation and demolition, clearing the way for the district offices to move into part of the building that has served as the district’s high and junior school.
The eastern part is to be demolished, with the rest left for the offices. The move is anticipated next summer or fall. The district’s auditorium and main gym will also remain there.
“The project consists of renovating the existing school to be the new Board of Education office for the Lebanon City Schools. A new parking lot is envisioned for the north and south of the proposed office. The east part of the school will be demolished,” according to an application by the Kleingers Group to Lebanon Planning Commission.
With state and local funds, the district built a new $27 million junior high, just north of its predecessor.
The building at 160 Miller Rd. was built as a high school in the mid-1960s, replacing what was the previous high school and is now Berry Middle School, further south on Broadway.
Berry was also renovated as part of the district’s $72 million construction plan funded through state funds and local levies.
District voters approved a 1.87-mill levy to finance $56.8 million in local costs, including $27.4 million in principal and $29.4 million in interest.
Local voters also approved a 0.5-mill levy to fund continued maintenance required by the state to qualify for the funding. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission is to contribute $45.1 million.
On Wednesday, Yohey said demolition of the eastern part of the Miller Road building was being postponed for more evaluation of asbestos remediation. Bids had pegged this project at $628,721 from state and local funds.
The former Holbrook Elementary, where the board offices have been located in a neighborhood off Columbus Avenue, is to be demolished and kept “as green space,” Yohey said.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 5:01 PM
SPRINGBORO — The Springboro Board of Education is scheduled to meet tonight to approve a three-year contract with the district’s superintendent and a five-year contract with the treasurer.
The board is expected to approve the new contracts after terminating existing contracts with Superintendent Daniel Schroer and Treasurer Terrah Floyd.
“The only change is to end the current contract and enter into another five-year contract that would expire in July of 2023. All other aspects of the current contract remain in place, and no monetary changes were made,” Floyd said in an email.
Schroer is to be paid $147,084 per year for three years.
Floyd is to be paid $120,235 per year for five years.
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Resolutions terminating both existing contracts said the action “will be highly beneficial to the District by maintaining continuity of personnel and allowing the District to continue to benefit from the extensive knowledge, experience, and leadership abilities.”
Schroer’s contract was to expire on July 31, 2019, and Floyd said hers was to expire in 2020.
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Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 7:35 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.:
The Dayton Public Schools Board of Education approved a $475,000 contract with Partnership for Leaders in Education to develop and implement improvement plans at five DPS schools over the next five years.
Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the specific schools that were chosen represent a cross-section of the district. She said the program is less about turning around low-performing schools, but about making sure it is effective at a variety of schools before considering expansion.
She said the program will be funded with federal grant money aimed at things like school improvement programs.
The school district’s contract proposal from Partnership for Leaders in Education, a program out of the University of Virginia, claims success at other districts.
“The (program) is the only research-proven effort in the country focused on establishing system conditions ripe for change and building transformative leadership capacity to achieve that change,” the proposal says. “With the partnership now in its 15th year, most of our partner schools outgain state averages, almost 50 percent of our partner schools have experienced double-digit proficiency gains within two years and 20 percent of those schools achieve over 25-point gains within three years.”
If successful at the initial five schools, the district intends to expand the program to other schools.
“The idea is to transform the district and not just a select number of schools. You think big, you start small, you scale fast,” said Lynsa Davie, DPS chief of schools special project.
Davie said the program was instrumental at helping her turn around Chase Elementary School in Cincinnati, where she worked before coming to DPS. She said it helped them lift it out of academic emergency.
Chase Elementary’s performance index score on state report cards is higher than Dayton’s district average, and higher than most DPS elementary schools.
Lolli said the program was chosen because it had some documented success at several Cincinnati schools.
The Dayton Public Schools Board of Education is scheduled to vote today, July 17, on whether to spend $475,000 on a “turnaround program” for five school buildings deemed by the district as under-performing.
The project will contract with Partnership for Leaders in Education, a program based at the University of Virginia. It would spend the 2018-2019 school year assessing and designing a plan to improve the schools’ performance, and the following two years rolling out that plan.
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“I can tell you I come knowing that it does work,” said Lynsa Davie, who was hired this summer as DPS’ chief of school special projects from the Cincinnati city school district. She said the program helped skyrocket the school she worked at out of academic emergency.
“The goal really is to get a new way of thinking and then bring it back and implement it at the school, and ultimately change the culture and lead change,” she said.
Board President William Harris said the selected schools are Fairview Elementary, Louise Troy Elementary, Edwin Joel Brown Elementary, Ruskin Elementary and Belmont High School.
In response to a question about how these schools were identified — there are other DPS schools with lower scores on the state’s performance index — DPS responded with a statement.
“The schools were selected by the range of test results, ages of students and diversity of geography and school buildings that are ‘on the rise.’ Some of the schools have received SIGs (School Improvement Grant). These are awarded by the U. S. Department of Education to use practices designed to improve academic achievement,” the statement says.
“The Partnership for Leaders in Education program presents an opportunity to develop leadership and make a difference in test scores.”
The contract was publicly discussed during a school board meeting July 10. School board members John McManus and Jocelyn Spencer-Rhynard asked for more information for themselves and the public before voting on it.
A brochure for the Partnership for Leaders in Education says the 16 Cincinnati schools they worked with increased their math proficiency by an average of 15 percent and reading proficiency by 17 percent. It claims the program brought five schools out of academic emergency and raised performance index scores at 12 schools.
Its website says: “Our goal is to empower system- and school-level leaders to achieve dramatic improvement in a set of persistently under-performing schools. The lessons learned and successes achieved inform our strategies for expanding and sustaining success across the school system. The University of Virginia School Turnaround Program is rigorous, and we never lose sight of the real impact leadership can have on the lives of students.”
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 8:10 AM
— The lazy days of summer are about to be replaced with some manic mornings in metro Atlanta.
» Find more resources at our Dayton Back to School Guide 2018
The back-to-school routine is not always a smooth adjustment for kids or their parents, since it's not easy to get used to a new sleep schedule as well as handling all the assignments and responsibilities.
These six tips will help you get your kid in back to school mode:
Get them used to the idea early
Start by talking to your child a week or two in advance about the change in schedule that's necessary when school starts.
"What you want to do is help you child imagine the earlier bedtime necessary, the early morning wake-up, and have her visualizing spending the day in school," parenting expert Bob Lancer said in an e-mail.
Stock up on what they need – plus some extras
There's nothing like new notebooks, crayons and clothes to help make the mental transition to back-to-school time. As you shop, let them make some of their own choices – within reason.
Getting them a small school-related surprise like fun eraser-toppers for the first day of school can also help start them off on the right foot, Susan Morley, parenting expert and founder of Parent Coach Atlanta, said.
Adjust your child's bedtime
Bedtimes tend to be a lot more relaxed during the summer, and getting up early can be a definite shock to a child's system. A child who hasn't gotten enough sleep is more likely to be cranky – aren't we all? – and may be sleepy in their first class or in the afternoon.
Adjust their sleep schedule by moving their bedtime closer to their school bedtime the week before school begins. Two nights before they'll be heading back to school, have them go to bed at their school bedtime, Lancer said.
Start getting back into the morning routine
If your kids are used to lazing around in the morning and having a flexible time to wake up, school mornings can be a big adjustment. Changing the schedule little by little a week or so in advance can help ease the transition,
"I always try the graduated approach to waking up early," she explained. By the end of the last week, Morley advised getting kids dressed in the morning as well.
Set up a comfortable place to study
Your child should have a clean, well lit, comfortable space for homework. Make sure they have the supplies they need at hand so they don't waste time searching for a ruler, highlighter or other item.
"Get them in the habit of going to this place regularly at a time that works for you, and then back off," Morley suggested.
Make your child's schedule work as well as possible
Each year brings its own scheduling challenges. Find out when your child has lunchtime, since they may need an extra snack to tide them over if they eat very early or late.
And if you find yourself waiting in one child's pick-up line while another sits in the car with you, be prepared with a portable homework kit. Keep a laptop desk and some basic supplies in a small bag that stays in the car. Your child will be able to get a jumpstart on his or her homework while they wait.