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DPS parents make their voices heard about potentially closing schools and impact on kids

DPS parents make their voices heard about potentially closing schools and impact on kids (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Parents at Dayton Public Schools are continuing conversations and speaking out about concerns that the district may be closing schools.

Those parents met with school officials Wednesday evening to let their voices be heard at Wogamon Middle School, with an earlier session at E.J. Brown.

They told FOX 45’s Mike Sullivan they want to see stability in the district, and that they’re afraid moving students around will eliminate the sense of pride they have in themselves and the district.

Nine schools could be shut down, which include E.J. Brown and Wogamon, which is part of what school officials are calling right sizing or balancing. Some buildings are reportedly too costly to repair and are suffering from low enrollment.

Concerned parents are pushing back and hoping to save their schools.

“What we’ve just instilled in our kids, our whole like structure and consistency, if you keep moving from school to school?” parent Sarah Martin said. “What is that showing our kids; everything we’ve taught them means nothing.”

“A lot of parents advocate,” acting Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Lolli said. “A lot of parents request that we reconsider. It’s a matter of making sure that we can serve the students in the most appropriate way.”

DPS made it clear that it is still an ongoing discussion, which doesn’t mean every school will close. If any buildings are shut down, students may be forced to switch schools, but officials said the student-teacher ratio will still not exceed 25-1.

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