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DPS Board of Education discussing possibility of closing some schools in the district

DPS Board of Education discussing possibility of closing some schools in the district (WKEF/WRGT File Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Dayton Public Schools Board of Education is discussing the possibility of closing some schools in the district, acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli confirmed. This new discussion comes as the district tries to work through low enrollment

"This is the first time that anyone's heard about it," she said. "We are planning in January, going out to each of the quadrants in the school districts and having a conversation with community members."

The district has been keeping an eye on this exact situation after a city census taken previously that the district's enrollment would drop. Right now, it's at 12,945.

“We have eight buildings that are 45 percent capacity or below,” said Lolli. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that they might be buildings that are considered for any action at all.” It’s too early to say which will close. Dr. Lolli indicated that several schools with low population are being eyed as benchmarks, but it’s not the deciding factor in taking action.

The district is trying for 70 to 75 percent capacity in every building.

She did tell FOX 45's Shavon Anderson that no staff will be cut in the consolidations, because they still have the amount of students enrolled to maintain the staff they have.

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