Members of the Dayton Board of Education listened as Interim Superintendent, Dr. Elizabeth Lolli and Associate Superintendent, Dr. Shelia Burton explained how the district needs to adjust to its present enrollment numbers.
The presentation at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled board meeting involved making a decision to “right size” DPS. Lolli and Burton shared data that included schools with student occupancy that is below a desired percentage.
“We have had conversations with the City of Dayton officials, informing them of our buildings that are under capacity and that we need to ensure that our students are housed in the school buildings that can reach an enrollment as close to 70% as possible,” said Lolli. She continued, “next week, I will be asking the board to approve a recommendation to move forward with problem solving the issues we face with the number of buildings we own and use.”
Ideal student enrollment is 70%, but schools that are considered under capacity at 45% occupancy or lower are, Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy, Wogaman, Westwood, Edwin Joel Brown, Meadowdale High School and Elementary School, Rosa Parks PreSchool, World of Wonder and the Innovative Learning Center. Lolli concluded there is no anticipated loss of jobs for employees who support students on a daily basis.
The community will have an opportunity to discuss the enrollment plan and meet with DPS officials, including members of the Board of Education in January. Lolli said resolving the enrollment issue will also include visiting building quadrants. “It is our intent to use the buildings more efficiently and effectively.”
As of Tuesday, December 12th, the DPS student enrollment is 12,945.