Dayton teachers approve contract, criticize DPS leadership

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton teachers will not strike on Friday.

Hundreds of DPS teachers–prepared to strike–now plan to teach on the first day of school after approving a new 2-year contract with the Dayton School Board Thursday evening.

“While the process to reach this agreement was lengthy and at times stressful,” DEA President David Romick said. “The Dayton Education Association is proud of the strength and unity that the Dayton teachers demonstrated throughout the course of this year.”

As part of the new contract, teachers asked for competitive pay–similar to districts like Centerville and Kettering. They also asked for school counselors in every school–not just the high schools. And argued for library media centers to be open daily. The district has said meeting those demands isn’t financially possible, but they have met some of the teachers’ financial needs, including paying over $1 million in teacher raises over the last 3 years.

“We have listened to our families and our students,” Superintendent Rhonda Corr said. “We worked very, very late to make this happen because it’s best for kids.”

Also during Thursday’s meeting, a DEA member motioned to have what’s called ‘a vote of no confidence’ in Superintendent Rhonda Corr. Romick says 99 percent of the floor seconded the motion.

“The vote of no confidence in the Superintendent,” Romick said. “Is not only intended but does represent our teachers, nurses, therapists, counselors, strong stand that what has happened in the last 8 months is unfair to the Dayton community and the student we serve.”

“We really do care about all of our staff and our kids,” Superintendent Corr said. “We’re working really hard to change the culture of Dayton to improve not only student achievement, but working conditions for all of our employees as well.”

In order to make the agreement official, the Dayton School Board will hold a vote at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled board meeting.

 

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