Parents sound off about ongoing problems with Dayton Public Schools
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Parents sounded off May 10 about problems within Dayton Public Schools at the first of four town hall meetings hosted by Superintendent Rhonda Corr.
The district has been catching heat over teacher contract negotiations and an allegedly fixed football game, but most of all busing issues.
Corr told FOX 45 she acknowledges that DPS has had some big problems recently, but focused on the big elephant in the room which was transportation, outlining the districts new transportation plan that hopes to save money and get kids to school on time.
"My main concern is all of it," said Kaylene Gordon.
Gordon said she is exhausted of hearing problem after problem with her only child public school.
"I'm trying to decide on if I want to leave my kid in the Dayton public school system because of those concerns," Gordon said.
"We need this consistency this is important for everybody," Corr said.
FOX 45 has been investigating driver shortages in contract negotiations with the drivers union for months.
"The drivers are not there to be recruited, and those that are are leaving for a better paying jobs," Corr said.
The district said they plan to move to a three-tier bell system, which they say will only leave them short seven bus drivers per day, instead of the usual 40.
Corr also said last year the district paid for 62 drivers to get their CDL license, but only seven of those stayed employed with the district.
"I've asked to be put in place a policy that if we're training you and we're paying for it either you have to pay restitution to us to pay us back or you signed a three-year contract with us," Corr said.
DPS has also proposed having seventh and eighth grade students ride public transportation to school, and have started talks with the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA).
Corr said utilizing the public transportation system would save the district about $3 million, while remaining free to parents.
Parents to attend the town hall were not happy with the possibility of their middle school students having to navigate their way to school.
"I'm not going to feel comfortable him riding on a public bus," said Gordon.
"What's more important, knowing that my child is going to arrive on time and have a shorter bus route I can count on the consistency, or continue to be played with the problem of not having enough drivers," said Corr.
Corr confirmed the three-tier busing system will definitely happen, but said they are still ironing out whether or not they will use the RTA for seventh and eighth grade.
District said they want input from parents, and would invite more parents out to the next town hall meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Wogaman middle school.