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The race to fill three seats on the Dayton School Board has so far elected candidates with close ties to the district. 

Community activist Will Smith won a third of the 30,368 ballots cast, with 9,104 votes. Smith is a DPS graduate whose own child attends school in the district.

Gabriela Pickett came in second place, winning 28 percent of the votes at 8,509. The education researcher's children graduated from DPS.

The third place is too close to call with unofficial results showing Joe Lacey with 6,383 votes, to Dion Sampson Sr.'s 6,372.

The DPS-housed health clinic is set to include medical, dental, vision and counseling exam rooms.
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Beginning next fall some Dayton Public Schools students will be able to see a nurse practitioner during the school day. DPS Friday announced a new partnership with Five Rivers Health Centers in Dayton to open a health clinic inside the building that currently houses Dayton Boys Prep Academy, slated to become the future home of Roosevelt Elementary.

The clinic will serve students and is expected to be open to students’ families and neighborhood residents after school hours, regardless of their ability to pay, due to the stipulations of a federal grant.

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Dayton Public Schools parents came to voice their concerns about the district at a town hall meeting Thursday night. The meeting, held about a month before the start of state standardized testing, comes at a critical time for DPS. The struggling district is facing state takeover in September if student test scores don’t improve this year. 

At the meeting, parents and community members discussed a number of longstanding DPS issues, including transportation and the use of long-term substitute teachers.

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Dayton officials are seeking public comments on a plan to close or consolidate Dayton Public School-district facilities.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, members of the Dayton City Commission and DPS officials Thursday launched a new 16-member task force that will work to identify underutilized administration buildings and schools for potential shutdown after the current school year.

The Dayton Public Schools Board of Education is drawing attention to the differences between the state’s traditional public and charter schools. The board wants charters on a more level playing field.