Dayton Public Schools, Ohio

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Dayton Public Schools
Dayton, Ohio
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District Profile
Superintendent:Lori L. Ward
Graduation rate:69.9%
Number of schools:32
Budget: $227 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Joe Lacey
Board members:7
Term length:4
Dayton Public School District Schools is a school district in Ohio that served 15,313 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the tenth largest by enrollment in the state of Ohio. The first public school in Dayton was opened in 1831 and the first Board of Education was elected in 1855.[1]

About the district

Dayton Public Schools is located in Montgomery County, Ohio
Dayton is the county seat of Montgomery County and located in southwestern Ohio. The city's population was 141,527 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Dayton lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 15% of Columbus residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Dayton had a median income of $28,843 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Dayton was 32.5% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Dayton (%) Ohio (%)
White 51.7 82.7
Black or African American 42.9 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 0.9 1.7
Two or More Races 2.9 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 3 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 51.4 46.8
2008 52.3 46.1
2004 50.6 48.9
2000 49.6 47.5

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]


The current Superintendent of Dayton Public Schools is Lori L. Ward. She was appointed to the position in March 2010 and assumed office in July. Ward previously served as the Deputy Superintendent to predecessor Kurt T. Stanic.[5]

School board

The Dayton Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. The board approves compensation rates for meeting attendance during the organizational meeting after each election. Each member can be reimbursed for approved expenses incurred from conferences and training sessions.[6]

Dayton Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Joe Lacey 2017
Robert C. Walker 2015
Hazel G. Rountree 2017
Ronald C. Lee 2017
Nancy A. Nerney 2015
Sheila Taylor 2015
Adil T. Baguirov 2017

School board elections

See also: Dayton Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Dayton Board of Education are elected at-large to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.


Dayton Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[7]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $136,606,886 60% $0 0% $86,129,969 37.8% $0 0% $5,036,675 2.2% $227,773,530
Averages: $136,606,886 60% $0 0% $86,129,969 38% $0 0% $5,036,675 2% $227,773,530

Teacher salaries

The starting salary for a teacher in Dayton Public Schools was $33,936 and the average salary was $53,760 during the 2011-2012 school year. Dayton Public Schools has 705 teachers with graduate degrees and 21 who have earned national board certification.[8]

Schools in district

Dayton Public Schools operates 32 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Dayton Public Schools
Belle Haven PreK-8 School
Belmont High School
Charity Adams Earley Girls Academy
Cleveland PreK-6 School
David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center
Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy
Dayton Business Technology High School
Dayton Early College Academy
Dunbar Early College High School
Eastmont PreK-8 School
Edison PreK-8 School
Edwin Joel Brown PreK-8 School
Fairview PreK-8 School
Gardendale Academy
Gorman School at Jackson
Horace Mann PreK-8 School
Kemp PreK-6 School
Kiser PreK-8
Longfellow Academy
Louise Troy PreK-4 School
Meadowdale High School
Meadowdale PreK-8 School
River's Edge Montessori PreK-6 School
Rosa Parks PreK-8 School
Ruskin PreK-8 School
Stivers School of the Arts
Thurgood Marshall High School
Valerie PreK-8 School
Westwood PreK-8 School
Wogaman 5-8 School
World of Wonder PreK-8 School at Residence Park
Wright Brothers PreK-8 School

Academic performance

The Ohio Department of Education issues an annual report card for each district based on scores from the Ohio Achievement Assessments. This testing process assesses the proficiency of students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 10 and 11 complete the Ohio Graduation Test to not only assess proficiency but demonstrate readiness for postgraduate life.[10][11]

Dayton Public Schools received a D on the state's Performance Index and an F in the Indicators Met section. The Ohio Department of Education found that 58.3% of students qualified as Proficient or higher. The district met proficiency levels in 8.3% of performance indicators from grades 3 through 11. The following tables detail results from the Performance Index and Indicators Met sections in the 2012-2013 district report card.[12]

Performance Index, 2012-2013
Performance level Percentage of students (%)
Advanced Plus -
Advanced 6.8
Accelerated 12.2
Proficient 31
Basic 36.3
Limited 23.3
Untested 0.2

Indicators Met, Reading
Grade Dayton Public Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 54.8 66.2 81.4
4 60.7 72.4 87.7
5 39.5 53 74.2
6 56.4 64.3 82.9
7 55.1 62 81
8 61.7 70 85.8

Indicators Met, Mathematics
Grade Dayton Public Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 45.1 59.5 78.5
4 46.8 56.2 77.7
5 28.3 43.4 68.7
6 39.6 51.9 75.1
7 39.9 49.6 73.3
8 48.6 55 77

Contact information

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Dayton Board of Education
115 S. Ludlow Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 542-3000

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Main article: Evaluation of Ohio school district websites

The good

  • Budget
    • Five year budget forcast is posted with the previous 3 years included.[13]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[14]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[15]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 6 years.[16]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[16]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2009 are available.[17]
  • Contracts
    • Collective bargaining agreements are posted.[18]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the public information officer. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[19]
    • A public records form is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.[13]
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[20]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.[12]
  • Background Checks
    • The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are posted online.[21]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas are not available.
  • Budgets
    • Individual budget documents are not provided.

See also

External links

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  1. Dayton History Books Online, "An Outline of the History of Dayton, Ohio 1796-1896," accessed September 16, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Dayton," accessed September 16, 2013
  3. Montgomery County Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 16, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Dayton Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed September 16, 2013
  6. Dayton Public Schools, "DPS Policy Manual," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Dayton Public Schools, "Dayton Five Year Forecast for Fiscal Year 2014," accessed December 3, 2013
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  9. Dayton Public Schools, "All Schools," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Ohio Department of Education, "FAQs," accessed September 10, 2013
  11. Ohio Department of Education, "Ohio Graduation Test," accessed September 10, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Dayton Public Schools," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Dayton Public School District, "5 Year Forecast," accessed January 19, 2013
  14. Dayton Public Schools, "Staff Directory," accessed January 19, 2013
  15. Dayton Public Schools, "Elected Officials," accessed January 19, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Dayton Public Schools, "Meeting Minutes," accessed January 19, 2013
  17. Dayton Public Schools, "Audits," accessed January 19, 2013
  18. Dayton Public Schools, "Collective bargaining agreements," accessed January 19, 2013
  19. Dayton Public Schools, "Public Records Request," accessed January 19, 2013
  20. Dayton Public School District, "Treasurer," accessed January 19, 2013
  21. Dayton Public Schools, "Background Checks," accessed January 19, 2013