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Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:55 AM
TIPP CITY — Two years after a bond issue failed, Tipp City Exempted Village Schools is taking a new approach with the community to gain support for school upgrades and the planning of a new school.
A possible road map — which would include construction of a pre-kindergarten through grade three building on the site of the Broadway Elementary School — was the focus of a community engagement meeting this week. About 100 community members met with administrators at L.T. Ball Intermediate School.
“This is a very important session for our community,” said Sam Spano, board of education president.
The board, which welcomed two new members in January, is talking with the community about facility needs following the 2016 defeat of a proposed bond issue that would have funded the new school.
After that request “failed terribly,” leaders tried to learn why, said Liz Robbins, district community relations coordinator.
Among criticisms heard about that request was the proposal didn’t include information on plans for grades four through eight and didn’t look at preserving any existing elementary through middle schools.
Concepts now being explored include both preserving some buildings while looking to replace others, said Gary Pfister, district director of services.
The district buildings include the newest, a high school that was built in 2004; Tippecanoe Middle School, built in 1964; L.T. Ball Intermediate, built in 1974; Nevin Coppock Elementary, built in 1959; and Broadway Elementary, built in 1952.
Pfister said the board is looking at renovating/updating LT. Ball and the middle school to add another 20-plus years of life using district permanent improvement levy dollars – not additional taxes – and then planning with the community a new pre-kindergarten through third-grade building that would require a bond issue.
“We are not asking for more money for the two buildings but are going to have to ask you for money to build a new building,” Pfister said.
If the board decides to move forward, the updates/renovations could begin as soon as this summer. Planning for a new building would take 12 months or longer.
Participants met in smaller groups to discuss what they had heard and to compile questions.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:08 AM
— An off-duty K-9 officer in Batavia died after being struck by a vehicle on Monday.
A Batavia Police Department K-9 unit dog, Officer Kraft, was accidentally struck and killed by a car. Kraft was Batavia’s first police dog, according to the department.
“Kraft, you will be missed and your service to Batavia Police Department was greatly appreciated. Go and play ball in heaven, my buddy,” according to a statement posted by Batavia Police Chief Michael Gardner on Facebook.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 7:26 AM
A remarkable letter written by an escaped slave living in Dayton to his former master was the subject of a public program recently at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum.
Today is Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, which commemorates the emancipation from slavery in the U.S. Slaves had acted to secure their own liberty, including Jordan Anderson.
» UNMATCHED COVERAGE: Escaped slave living in Dayton sends rejection letter to former master
Jordan Anderson (spelled Jourdan in some documents) and his wife Amanda, escaped slavery from a Tennessee plantation in 1864 and eventually made their way to Dayton.
After the Civil War, the slaveowner, Col. Patrick Henry Anderson, contacted Anderson and asked him to return to work on his farm.
Anderson’s reply, dated Aug. 7, 1865, was addressed “to my old master,” and published in the Cincinnati Commercial newspaper and then reprinted in the New York Daily Tribune on Aug. 22, 1865.
“Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you… Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living.”
In a measured tone Anderson asks what his former master is offering, and goes on to request back pay for decades of abusive labor:
“I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here. I get twenty-five dollars a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy,—the folks call her Mrs. Anderson,—and the children—Milly, Jane, and Grundy—go to school and are learning well.”
The Dayton Daily News is committed to bringing you in-depth coverage of issues that matter to you. Read more about Anderson’s life in Dayton in this interactive report by reporter Lisa Powell.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
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Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:53 AM
DARKE COUNTY — A driver was critically injured in a rollover crash in Darke County early Tuesday morning.
A 1998 grey Cadillac Deville driven by Kory Dusko, 25, of Greenville, was traveling northbound on Ohio 121 when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control, rolling the vehicle, according to a release.