DPS will vote on proposed cuts for 40 employees Thursday

Dayton Public Schools administration building (WDTN Photo)
Dayton Public Schools administration building (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton School board will vote on proposed staffing cuts tomorrow night– Leaving dozens of people out of a job right before the holidays.

Roughly 70 Dayton Public School employees received layoff notices in October.  That number is down to 40 personnel due to voluntary retirements and resignations.

The cuts are primarily impacting school administrative position and teachers’ aides.

District officials said they’ve lost roughly 200 students a year, which means they are getting less money from the state and that hurts their budget.

“We understand that there is some kind of a plan to replace the work that was done by paraprofessionals by hiring new teachers and that seems to run against the whole reason for cuts in the district, so speaking for the association I’ll be seeking of those answers at tomorrow night’s board meeting before they actually vote,” Dayton Education Association President David Romick said.

Romick said changes like this will have a huge impact on the classroom.

“These changes have been very disruptive to our kids, to our families and to our teachers.  Teachers of course are very emotionally attached to their students and to be uprooted in November from classes that they have established since August is upsetting and disruptive,” Romick said.

If passed, the cuts will go into effect November 22.

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