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Amid reforms, Dayton schools headed in wrong direction in key measures
 Dayton Public Schools students are slipping further away from attendance, discipline and academic performance goals set by the school board to turn the district around, according to a presentation to the board Tuesday. The district needs to greatly improve its performance this school year or face the risk of state takeover. But some measures...

Posted: 7 hours ago

Dayton Public Schools students are slipping further away from attendance, discipline and academic performance goals set by the school board to turn the district around, according to a presentation to the board Tuesday. The district needs to greatly improve its performance this school year or face the risk of state takeover. But some measures...
50-plus ways you can help 6 Dayton schools, thousands of students
 Dayton Public Schools has six neighborhood school centers designed to serve as resources for students and their community with additional educational and social support. The services they offer are predominantly supported by volunteers, business and nonprofits. The goal of these centers is to close the achievement gap experienced by low-income...

Posted: 8 days ago

Dayton Public Schools has six neighborhood school centers designed to serve as resources for students and their community with additional educational and social support. The services they offer are predominantly supported by volunteers, business and nonprofits. The goal of these centers is to close the achievement gap experienced by low-income...
‘Turning the corner’ for Dayton schools: Expand this after-school program
 Ruskin Elementary School is in a neighborhood devastated by the opioid crisis where nearly three-quarters of the children live in poverty — and is one of the top performing buildings in Dayton Public Schools. The Dayton Daily News Path Forward project wanted to know what contributes to that success and if it could be replicated across...

Posted: 9 days ago

Ruskin Elementary School is in a neighborhood devastated by the opioid crisis where nearly three-quarters of the children live in poverty — and is one of the top performing buildings in Dayton Public Schools. The Dayton Daily News Path Forward project wanted to know what contributes to that success and if it could be replicated across...
County prosecutor: How many ‘have to die’ to end house arrest in violent crimes?
 Montgomery County courts have strengthened their response to people who violate house arrest after recent high-profile suspects cut their ankle monitors, but the prosecutor says the program should be scrapped for alleged violent crimes because it puts the public at risk. In two recent examples, a soccer coach accused of sex crimes escaped...

Posted: 15 days ago

Montgomery County courts have strengthened their response to people who violate house arrest after recent high-profile suspects cut their ankle monitors, but the prosecutor says the program should be scrapped for alleged violent crimes because it puts the public at risk. In two recent examples, a soccer coach accused of sex crimes escaped...
WSU-aligned spy school closing
 A former intelligence school previously supported by Wright State University is dissolving, a board member for the closing school confirmed to the Dayton Daily News. The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) for Human Capital Development — a spy school in Beavercreek created a decade ago with heavy government investment &mdash...

Posted: 15 days ago

A former intelligence school previously supported by Wright State University is dissolving, a board member for the closing school confirmed to the Dayton Daily News. The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) for Human Capital Development — a spy school in Beavercreek created a decade ago with heavy government investment &mdash...
NEW DETAILS: Wright State-aligned spy school closing, building sold
 A former intelligence school previously supported by Wright State University is dissolving, a board member for the closing school confirmed Tuesday to the Dayton Daily News. The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) for Human Capital Development — a spy school in Beavercreek created a decade ago with heavy government investment...

Posted: 20 days ago

A former intelligence school previously supported by Wright State University is dissolving, a board member for the closing school confirmed Tuesday to the Dayton Daily News. The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) for Human Capital Development — a spy school in Beavercreek created a decade ago with heavy government investment...
Sergeant who saved jail pepper-spray video gets $225,000 after firing
 The January 2018 firing of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who was responsible for making public a video of the November 2015 pepper-spraying of a restrained jail inmate was “arbitrary and discriminatory,” according to an an arbitrator ruling obtained by the Dayton Daily News. Sgt. Ransley Creech was reinstated...

Posted: 28 days ago

The January 2018 firing of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who was responsible for making public a video of the November 2015 pepper-spraying of a restrained jail inmate was “arbitrary and discriminatory,” according to an an arbitrator ruling obtained by the Dayton Daily News. Sgt. Ransley Creech was reinstated...
Springboro police help kids with trauma. Is that a model for Dayton?
 A kid who falls asleep in class might not be disrespectful or tired from playing video games all night — they could be feeling the effects of problems at home. A new initiative in Springboro aims to let teachers and school officials know when that’s the case. As part of the Blue Line program, Springboro police notify the school...

11:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019

A kid who falls asleep in class might not be disrespectful or tired from playing video games all night — they could be feeling the effects of problems at home. A new initiative in Springboro aims to let teachers and school officials know when that’s the case. As part of the Blue Line program, Springboro police notify the school...
Springboro school board member reprimanded for ethics violation 
 *** Springboro School Board Member David Stuckey was reprimanded by the Ohio Ethics Commission in August 2018 for voting on matters affecting the district’s athletic department while serving as a volunteer football coach, according to an ethics settlement obtained by the Dayton Daily News.  Stuckey was a teacher and coach in the...

11:00 AM Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

*** Springboro School Board Member David Stuckey was reprimanded by the Ohio Ethics Commission in August 2018 for voting on matters affecting the district’s athletic department while serving as a volunteer football coach, according to an ethics settlement obtained by the Dayton Daily News.  Stuckey was a teacher and coach in the...
Ethics probe: Township trustee had improper interest in a public contract
 *** A township trustee with Butler Twp. in Darke County accepted a reprimand from the Ohio Ethics Commission last year for having an interest in the township’s zoning inspection contract, according to a settlement agreement obtained by the Dayton Daily News.  Curtis Yount has been township trustee since 2016 and had employed as...

11:00 AM Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

*** A township trustee with Butler Twp. in Darke County accepted a reprimand from the Ohio Ethics Commission last year for having an interest in the township’s zoning inspection contract, according to a settlement agreement obtained by the Dayton Daily News.  Curtis Yount has been township trustee since 2016 and had employed as...
RTA executive violated ethics law with rental home, commission rules
 *** The chief operations officer at the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority accepted a reprimand from the Ohio Ethics Commission in January 2018 for renting a home to a subordinate at the RTA. According to the settlement agreement, James Napier in 2014 began renting out a home that he owns in Moraine to Barbara Brookshire, RTA&rsquo...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

*** The chief operations officer at the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority accepted a reprimand from the Ohio Ethics Commission in January 2018 for renting a home to a subordinate at the RTA. According to the settlement agreement, James Napier in 2014 began renting out a home that he owns in Moraine to Barbara Brookshire, RTA&rsquo...
Ethics probe: Charter school leader wanted to hire family members
 *** Crystal Gilbert-Mosley, superintendent of City Day Community School, reimbursed the Dayton charter school last year for money paid to her daughter. The payment was part of a settlement agreement between Gilbert-Mosley and the Ohio Ethics Commission obtained by the Dayton Daily News.  In the October settlement agreement, Gilbert-Mosley...

11:00 AM Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

*** Crystal Gilbert-Mosley, superintendent of City Day Community School, reimbursed the Dayton charter school last year for money paid to her daughter. The payment was part of a settlement agreement between Gilbert-Mosley and the Ohio Ethics Commission obtained by the Dayton Daily News.  In the October settlement agreement, Gilbert-Mosley...
Village mayor forced to resign after third ethics violation
 *** New Paris Mayor Rick Van Winkle was forced to step down from his position at the Preble County village last year and agreed to never seek public office again after an ethics investigation found he abused his position to benefit his private business -- for a third time, according to a settlement agreement signed by Van Winkle.  Not...

11:00 AM Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

*** New Paris Mayor Rick Van Winkle was forced to step down from his position at the Preble County village last year and agreed to never seek public office again after an ethics investigation found he abused his position to benefit his private business -- for a third time, according to a settlement agreement signed by Van Winkle.  Not...
Investigation: 5 local leaders violated ethics laws
 A Dayton Daily News investigation uncovered five local government officials from the Miami Valley who violated ethics laws last year. They were among 26 public officials across Ohio reprimanded for violating state ethics law last year. The Dayton Daily News obtained the settlements from the Ohio Ethics Commission using public records laws...

7:00 AM Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

A Dayton Daily News investigation uncovered five local government officials from the Miami Valley who violated ethics laws last year. They were among 26 public officials across Ohio reprimanded for violating state ethics law last year. The Dayton Daily News obtained the settlements from the Ohio Ethics Commission using public records laws...
New spokeswoman, team, to trumpet improvement of Dayton schools
 Amid growing public dissatisfaction, Dayton Public Schools officials hope to improve the perception of the district with a newly-hired, three-person communications staff. The DPS Board of education in December hired spokeswoman Tracey Hanlin at a salary of $85,000. She replaces former spokeswoman – and before that, well-known local...

3:40 PM Monday, Jan. 07, 2019

Amid growing public dissatisfaction, Dayton Public Schools officials hope to improve the perception of the district with a newly-hired, three-person communications staff. The DPS Board of education in December hired spokeswoman Tracey Hanlin at a salary of $85,000. She replaces former spokeswoman – and before that, well-known local...
New details emerge in Rauch illegal dumping case
 Demolition contractor and landfill owner Steve Rauch took steps to hide material he ordered to be dumped illegally at several properties, and when discussing it with an employee said “it was not a big deal,” according to a bill of particulars filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. “I told you this was not a good...

8:49 PM Friday, Jan. 04, 2019

Demolition contractor and landfill owner Steve Rauch took steps to hide material he ordered to be dumped illegally at several properties, and when discussing it with an employee said “it was not a big deal,” according to a bill of particulars filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. “I told you this was not a good...
Audit lists new findings against former village clerk suing state auditor
 A dozen new allegations of misspending and sloppy bookkeeping in 2015 and 2016 are listed in a new state audit of the village of New Madison. Allegations in the audit include more than $9,000 in misspending by former village fiscal officer Wanda Lacey, who is currently suing the Ohio Auditor of State alleging malicious prosecution after theft...

6:02 PM Friday, Dec. 28, 2018

A dozen new allegations of misspending and sloppy bookkeeping in 2015 and 2016 are listed in a new state audit of the village of New Madison. Allegations in the audit include more than $9,000 in misspending by former village fiscal officer Wanda Lacey, who is currently suing the Ohio Auditor of State alleging malicious prosecution after theft...
Audit reveals bookeeping errors at Miami Valley CTC
 The Miami Valley Career Technology Center over-paid three retiring employees $5,000 each, according to a new state audit of the CTC released this week. The over-payment was one of three bookkeeping issues identified by the Ohio Auditor of State. All three have been fixed, according to CTC Treasurer Matt Huffman. The employees were over-paid...

4:57 PM Friday, Dec. 28, 2018

The Miami Valley Career Technology Center over-paid three retiring employees $5,000 each, according to a new state audit of the CTC released this week. The over-payment was one of three bookkeeping issues identified by the Ohio Auditor of State. All three have been fixed, according to CTC Treasurer Matt Huffman. The employees were over-paid...
Facebook tip led to child porn charges for former Oakwood chief
 The investigation that led to child pornography charges against former Oakwood public safety director Alex Bebris started with a tip from Facebook, according to the criminal complaint in federal court. Court records say Facebook submitted two cyber tips in September to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that one of its...

4:47 PM Friday, Dec. 28, 2018

The investigation that led to child pornography charges against former Oakwood public safety director Alex Bebris started with a tip from Facebook, according to the criminal complaint in federal court. Court records say Facebook submitted two cyber tips in September to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that one of its...
Charter school purchases Dayton building, improvements possible
 Dayton Early College Academy this month purchased the building that currently houses the charter school’s middle school campus at 110 N. Patterson Blvd. in Dayton. DECA Prep Inc. purchased the property for $1.35 million on Dec. 21, according to Montgomery County property records. DECA had been leasing the former Miami-Jacobs Career...

1:20 PM Friday, Dec. 28, 2018

Dayton Early College Academy this month purchased the building that currently houses the charter school’s middle school campus at 110 N. Patterson Blvd. in Dayton. DECA Prep Inc. purchased the property for $1.35 million on Dec. 21, according to Montgomery County property records. DECA had been leasing the former Miami-Jacobs Career...
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