Dayton schools to close 2 buildings, repurpose a 3rd

Dayton students use technology to llearn. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Public Schools announced it will close two schools and repurpose a third for the 2014-2915 school year.

Superintendent Lori Ward says Gardendale Academy and Gorman School at Jackson Center will close effective June 30. The students will be assigned to other buildings.

Rosa Parks PreK-8 School will close in June and re-open for the next school year as an early childhood education center for 3-and4-year olds.

“We continue to look for ways to send more of every dollar to the classroom. Changes for next school year help us strengthen our ties with partner agencies, address the needs of our youngest learners, and continue to provide the highest levels of service for all students in a cost effective manner,” Ward said.

Ward says the district intends to repurpose Gardendale and Gorman School at a later date.

72 special needs students are instructed at Gardendale Academy. The district will enter into an agreement with the Montgomery County Educational Service Center to serve 42 of those students. The rest will be placed in other Dayton school buildings.

22 special needs students from Gorman School at Jackson Center will also be assigned to other Dayton schools. Another 220 preschool students will relocate to Rosa Parks.

The remaining Rosa Parks students will be offered schools close to their homes or in their quadrant. Current eighth-graders will move to high schools.

The district says the adjustments allow it to accommodate lower enrollment numbers resulting from more students attending charter schools, non-public, schools and open enrollment school districts.

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