Dayton Public Schools plan to hire 28 new teachers amid support staff layoffs

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

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Public School Board plans hire 28 new teacher next year while laying off dozens of support staff this year.  The layoffs will impact 20 administrative positions and roughly 30 paraprofessionals.

If approved, in total 50-55 DPS staff members will be out of a job including district administrators, teachers aides, clerical and service staff.  As well as three teachers who declined to be reassigned to other teaching positions within DPS.  District officials said low enrollment is the reason for the cuts.  Citing a loss of roughly 200 students a year– 3,000 students over the last 10 year—resulting in less money from the state, which impacts their general fund budget.

The 20 administrator positions were previously voted on November 8th.  Those cuts will help the school district’s general funds, as administrator salaries are paid through state funding.  Teacher and teacher’s aide salaries are paid through a Title 1 Federal Grant program for Dayton Public Schools.

Emily Nelson is one of the many DPS employees who were notified of her position being cut after working for the district for 12-years.  Nelson said the cuts are disruptive for classrooms and students are the ones who will suffer the most.

“I’m disappointed that these moves were made, I’m disappointed that nobody on the board or in administration downtown took a minute and said wait a minute, we’re pulling so many people out of these children’s lives that matter to them and it seems to me like these kids are looked at as more of a dollar sign than they are human beings,” Nelson said.

DPS School Board President Adil Baguirov said through the use of Title 1 funds the school district can afford to add 28 new teachers– that’s one per building– to compensate for the reduction in paraprofessionals.  He said adding more certified teachers will help raise their academic standings and earn more A(s) for DPS.

“Our reduction in force is mostly affecting administrators as well as other non-educator, non-teacher personnel.  At the same time we are trying to improve our academics so we have significant plans of improving that academic in the years to come that includes hiring more teachers in the future,” Baguirov said.

The plan is to hire-promote 28 of their current educators as so called “Teacher Leaders” for the 2017-2018 school year, which will open up their old positions to be filled by new teachers next year.  He said this is a more efficient use of Title 1 funds, which is a use-it-or-lose-it grant program, and in previous years the school district has returned monies that were left over.

He also said the board will discuss keeping some staff on until the end of the calendar year to ease with the transition.

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