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Dayton Public School Delays Further Layoffs Until June 2017

April Laissle

The Dayton School Board Tuesday voted to delay further staff layoffs until next summer.


The district first announced plans to cut staff in October, citing what officials called an "unexpected" decline in enrollment. Several administrative staff members were cut and nearly two dozen teachers were reassigned to other classrooms or laid off.

Layoffs and reassignments were also expected for teachers aides and other operations staff members. But at a meeting in November, the board announced it would delay voting on those staffing changes until early December.  


Tuesday's decision by the board to table the cuts until next year alleviated the fears of many DPS staff members waiting to learn more about changes to their job status.


Teacher's aide Emily Nelson told board members she was grateful to hear she's able to remain in her current job, at least for now.


"I thank you for letting me stay in my position right now, for this year. And I ask you to please let me stay in position...well, until I can retire," said Nelson. "And know that I touched that many children's lives."


The board plans to revisit the issue of staffing changes next June of 2017.