DPS Board expresses gratitude for contract with DEA after ratifying vote

DPS Board expresses gratitude for contract with DEA after ratifying vote (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Members of the Dayton Public School Board of Education expressed their gratitude for an agreement reached with the Dayton Education Association after they voted to ratify it Tuesday night.

That vote came after months of negotiations, as well as on the first day back to school for students.

The contract was ratified by the DEA after months of negotiations, and included a 'No-confidence vote' in Superintendent Rhonda Corr.

DEA President David Romick said it meant everything to have Dayton teachers in the classrooms for the first day, but the union is still uncertain about the district's leadership. He added that Corr has a long way to go to prove their trust, but the final deal was enough to get them back in the building.

"We feel that, finally, a fair pay increase for our teachers on par with what's been settled on in the area among other school districts will help us accomplish doing that," Romick said. "Is it the solution? No. But it's a step in the right direction."

"David Romick and Scott," Superintendent Corr said at the board meeting, "thank you so much for everybody coming together and putting a common interest together in our children. It was so nice to go back to the buildings today and greet teachers as they were back on day one."

Also at the meeting, the board discussed the district's new bus fleet and 4-tier system. Officials said overall the day went smoothly, but acknowledged there were minor issues. Specifically, parents with children in the IEP program, including a FOX 45 employee whose son has special needs, said their bus did not come.

FOX 45's Shavon Anderson spoke with Superintendent Corr about the problems, and she said it's a glitch in the bus routing system software they didn't know about until they rolled it out. They are working to get it fixed immediately.

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