DPS Board of Education delays vote on layoffs

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- Several Dayton Public School employees who were expecting to be laid-off on Thursday won’t find out until December.

The cuts are primarily impacting school administrative positions, teachers’ aides and maintenance workers.

“There will be no vote tonight. On further layoffs. The board will delay the vote until the 6th of next month. It is the opinion that futher study is needed to determine if this is the right course of action,” is what school board member John McManus told the hundreds of people attending the public meeting.

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

“We’re asking for more clarification,” said board member Ronald Lee.

READ MORE: DPS will vote on proposed cuts for 40 employees Thursday

The board’s decision didn’t stop more than fifty people from sticking around and to voicing their opinions on the matter.

“Why would you do this in the middle of the school year? That’s unconscionable. That shows that you don’t care. You had the money budgeted you could have waited until the summer, could have done your due diligence. But you bum-rushed it,” said Jim Tackett, a teacher union representative.

READ MORE: Dayton Public Schools send layoff notices to employees

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.

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