And the survey asked…

Well, Dayton Public Schools didn’t hire Burges and Burges directly, they hired the Montgomery County Educational Service Center to do their public perception survey for them. Naughty naughty. This is how you skirt scrutiny and keep things underwraps- and avoid having to go to bid.

This is why Dayton residents should be able to sit on the MCESC Board- since DPS spends a lot of money with them.

Here are the survey questions. They ask for 20 minutes- but- the recording I listened to- the interviewer wasn’t typing- but- it dragged on for over an hour. Time is money- and I’m sure DPS via MCESC will pay a pretty penny.

As a professional in the marketing field- these questions are highly open ended- and a lot of personal bias can be introduced in the summation. This isn’t the normal statistical style.

The interviewer said they are surveying about 40 people- and they had talked to “leaders, clergy, and colleges”- but- no parents.

The questions:

MCESC- is doing a survey for DPS-

20 minutes- anonymous

Compiling results to give to MCESC

How do you rate DPS- right direction/wrong direction

If you could see 5 years into the future- what do you think DPS would look like?

What are the most significant issues facing the schools- and what can be done to move forward-

6 areas under this:

  • School safety
  • Educational quality
  • Declining Enrollment
  • Facility issues
  • Poverty
  • Charter schools

What about DPS teacher- how do you think they are doing?

What about others- Support staff- bus drivers, administrators, etc.

Do you think DPS students are working up to their potential?

How well do you think the schools communicate with their teachers, staff the community?

Does the fact that a majority of the school board are new members give you concern?

How can DPS communicate and market themselves better- and do you think this will turn around the enrollment decline?

Do you think the stakeholders, the mayor, local colleges, etc are doing enough to help Dayton Public Schools

Is there anything else you’d like to add or suggest to the Dayton Schools or Community Leaders.

They are wrapping up these surveys this week- and then scheduling in depth ones later. They are looking for “informed insight”- not just people who are reading things in the news.

Thank you to my sources for supplying me with transcripts of their interviews.






The dirty on the District: DPS still can’t get it right

Apparently, without board approval, the board or Superintendent has hired Burges and Burges out of Cleveland- to do a survey of the perception of the district. This expenditure was NEVER listed for approval on any board agenda.

The survey started today. They are asking for people to respond to a 15-20 minute phone survey.

As if that wasn’t enough hocus pocus for one week- after already screwing with Valerie Elementary School- one of the few schools with a really strong parental involvement- this came through

Ruskin Families: Some of you may be unaware but the Superintendent and Board are trying to terminate Ms Dearwester as Ruskin’s Principal. We are asking everyone to show their support by attending the Tuesday April 17 DPS Board meeting at 5. If you would like to speak you have to sign up by 4:45. People are wearing orange and black to show support. Please come and show your support for Our Principal!! Thank You

Ruskin is another school that has strong parental involvement. The only two left to screw with are Rivers Edge and Horace Mann. I’m sure those are up next in the grand plan to destroy the district.

Note the comment about showing up early to register- they are now requiring people to sign up at least 5 minutes before the meeting- and stipulate if it’s an agenda item or not- and limiting the number of non-agenda item speakers.

I don’t see any mention of Dearwester on the agenda, but, they are going into executive session about someone.

Other items of note- they are increasing the amount of money they are allocating to SUBASHI & WILDERMUTH:

Increase $50,000 to provide legal services to the district for various legal matters on an as needed basis for the 2017-2018 school year. Originally approved on June 2017 board agenda Board Agenda: April 17, 2018 $ 175,000.00 PR028544
Brian Wildermuth is the attorney on my case and on the Dunbar Basketball case and the Craig Jones case.
Word is from OHSAA that if the board doesn’t agree to pay OHSAA legal bills for that exercise, and fire a few people, Dunbar and or DPS may not be playing in any high school sports sponsored by the state.
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The board is also getting $1.5M from a settlement with DNK architects for a quit claim on the failures of both Wogamen and Louise Troy buildings. This is based on a contract from 2002.

Maybe Rev Harris will actually get the first vote correct on the acceptance of a resignation tomorrow. He’s failed every single one since he’s taken his seat.

Fairchild releases campaign video

Since this is the most read political blog in Dayton, here’s what you need to know.

There are two preachers running for Dayton City Commission. Some may get confused- one is named Daryl and the other is named Darryl.

And neither are R’s. Both are dems. One is a lifelong resident of Dayton, who has been heavily involved in the community. Darryl Fairchild. The other, Daryl Ward, was running for Montgomery County Commission until Joey Williams quit the Dayton City Commission just four months after he ran for re-election.

Nan and the Dem Party anointed the one who quit- to run for the seat of their candidate who quit. Daryl Ward on the ballot is evidence of two quits.

I’m working for the candidate who doesn’t quit. The one who I’ve seen at meetings for at least the last 15 years- getting involved, making a difference.  Here’s the video we made for him. “Fairchild doesn’t quit”

I urge all Daytonian’s to do their homework before voting. We’ve had years of the Dem party picks and we’ve paid the price.

It’s time for a change.


Darryl Fairchild

Daryl Ward

DeFries still on R primary ballot despite dropping out Mar 1

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Bill DeFries withdrew from the county commission race Mar 1. Why is his name still on the ballot

In just another epic example of the failure of parties endorsing in primaries, and boards of elections serving more as boards of (s)election in Ohio- Republican party favorite Bill DeFries will appear on the ballot on May 8 despite dropping out Mar 1.

It was a crowded race to begin with – former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell had thrown his hat in the ring after barely losing to Debbie Lieberman the last race. Former Miami Township Trustee Bob Matthews is running again, after losing to Judy Dodge last time. Newcomer DeFries had zero political experience yet was the party pick. Miami Township trustee Doug Barry is spending money like a house on fire to win the primary- always showing up on campaign materials with his much better half on all his campaign materials. She, btw is a democrat.

The winner of the primary will go on to face either Carolyn Rice or Walter Hickman Don Shaffer (thanks to Gary Leitzell for catching my mistake).

Full disclosure, I’ve done work for Leitzell and Matthews, through my company The Next Wave.

How DeFries name is still on the electronic or printed ballots 38 days after a withdrawal is a serious question. With print on demand solutions- there is no huge window for absentee ballot printing, and the county uses touchscreens for in person voting.

Considering the expense the BOE is willing to go to for special elections for a single candidate- usually caused by their selection processes, there is no excuse. Including DeFries name can only hurt the other newcomer to county races- Barry, which is no big loss. In my limited experience of meeting him, he’s not worthy of being elected dog catcher. His wife on the other hand is a sharp business person, running a private college turning out kids that are 100X more qualified to work than Sinclair in my field.


DPS Enrollment: FUBAR

The messages started coming in this morning.

Seriously DPS enrollment center is a hot mess! People have been here since noon and not helped yet. I have been here since 1 and I bet I have another 2 hours to go. They have 2, maybe 3 people working. First day of enrollment, which is way late this year and they still can’t get their crap together !


They need a lesson on efficiency because wasting 6.5 hours for a 5 minute process is ridiculous. That would be a major turn off for someone new to the district to sit thru that process.

And another:

DPS enrollment center a disaster. Been here since 9:35 and still have over 20 people ahead of me to enroll. Only 2 people have been called back to enroll in the past hour or so. This is ludicrous.

7 hours…. I got there at 9:35 and didn’t get called back until 4:25
Once I finally got called back the employee doing our enrollment was nice and apologized for the wait, but 7 hours is insane
Go to any charter school and you’ll be in and out in 10 minutes.
And they wonder why enrollment is dropping?
But this isn’t a new issue at DPS.
I was doing work for Lori Ward back in 2010 when I was sent in to talk to Dr. Sheila Burton, who had a tiny office. I took one look at the copy of the copy of the copy of the enrollment form and knew I could help. Good thing I keep stuff- here was what they were using:
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This is the form DPS was using for registration in 2011 (click to open PDF)

It was fugly as we say in the business. Much of the time was also spent having a parent fill it in, then having someone try to read their writing- and enter it into the computer.

I spent time trying to explain to Richard Melson, their chief of IT- that you could swipe a State ID and fill out a large part of the data- and that we could set up a PDF that would allow direct entry- or a website to handle much of it. Or- to send the hand written forms off – to a mechanical turk for data checking and entry. All of this went straight over his head.

Here was the form redesign that we offered:

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The form The Next Wave designed- which would you prefer to fill out? Click to download PDF

We also suggested making every single school a registration station, instead of the centralized office model. Why should parents have to trek downtown to register their kids when there is a building closer to home?

If you want to download the registration forms at home, good luck. Instead of a bundle- or one complete package- the pre-school registration page has 4 separate downloads. Then, it routes you to the Home access center- where you have to complete an account.

Compare all that mess to the webpage for Emerson Elementary at the end of my block:

Wow- that’s easy- and note, their website is secure- and DPS- in 2018, still doesn’t have a secure certificate on their site. The edict from Google on secure websites was in the spring of 2014…

The Dayton Public Schools enrollment center

You should be embarrassed to enroll your kids in DPS- and bored too.

Here is a photo of the waiting room- with people bored out of their gourds, I anonymized the photo so as not to embarrass anyone for sending their kids to DPS- when they could be registering to join Dayton Public Prep– which will run DPS the way real professionals would.

Note- the DPP website is secure.