Public invited to weigh in on proposed attendance areas

09/20/2010

August 27, 2010
Contact: Jill Moberley, Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release

Input sought on implementation of attendance area concept
Plan seeks to bolster neighborhood schools

Dayton Public Schools will hold a series of public meetings to update families and interested community members about proposed attendance areas that would place pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students in neighborhood schools for the 2011-2012 school year.  The first three presentations will take place at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at 115 S. Ludlow St. on the following dates: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, and. Nov. 15. Superintendent Lori L. Ward will make a final presentation at the Jan. 4, 2011, Dayton Board of Education information meeting (at the same address). 

Since her May 18 presentation to the school board, Ward has appeared before priority boards, township trustees and employee groups to present the concept and take questions.

The assignment of students to one of 17 proposed preK-8 attendance areas would be based in part on input the district receives from parents and community members. Some grandfathering would be part of the process, according to district officials.

The presentation may also be viewed on the district’s website (www.dps.k12.oh.us ), under COMMUNITY, and questions or comments about the attendance area concept may be submitted to the superintendent at attendanceareas@dps.k12.oh.us.

Research has shown that neighborhood schools help to foster family friendly environments, encourage community support, enrich quality of life and improve student achievement.  Likewise, Dayton Public Schools believes neighborhood schools can be a catalyst for a new sense of ownership and involvement that will lead to stronger schools, supportive communities and greater academic success.

The Dayton Board of Education is expected to vote on the attendance areas in January.

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Public invited to weigh in on proposed attendance areas