Dayton student athletes screwed all over again

Apparently a new “policy” came from the State today- kids at charters who participate in sports at public schools- must play for the school closest to their home, not the school closest to their other school.

Kids who go to DECA and have played at Belmont for years, now are being told they have to go to Meadowdale.

Only two slight problems- DECA gets out at 3:30, Belmont gets out at 3:40 and Meadowdale, all the way across the city- gets out at 2:30. DECA is literally a 10 minute bike ride to Belmont.

Beam me up Scotty, no signs of intelligent life here.

Supposedly this came down from OHSAA, which has no idea of how convoluted our district is.

This isn’t about the kids, it’s not for the kids, it’s payback for DPS hiring Mark “the cheater” Baker to a two year contract.

It’s time this entire board goes, Baker goes, and someone gets fired for stealing the money from the gates of whatever sporting events were stolen.

The buck, literally, has to stop somewhere and soon.

This policy is insane, as is the entire premise of local control if this rule is allowed to stand.

Parents are livid. Kids are crying. Who benefits from this policy?

Update: 9:45 PM- here is the actual rule from the State. It was created for 2007-08 school year- but updated April 2017

In other words, our District AD knew back in April (or should have) and sat on it.

Rule 1- if you don’t want to download the PDF (Which I’ve attached) here is the key language:

“For a matriculating 9th grade student whose parents live within the district and the student is a nontraditional/specialty student, home educated student, community school student, STEM school student or a non-public school student wanting to utilize Bylaw 4-3-1 exception 4 or 6 to participate in athletics at a high school where they are not enrolled, the district shall assign these students to the high school nearest to their parents’ residence within the district or, if separate attendance zones have been created, to the closest high school within the attendance zone of their parents’ residence regardless of whether that member school is poor performing. (* **See “notes” for additional information regarding non-public school students and home educated students). Note also that parents who live outside this multiple high school district may choose to send a 9th grade student to a non-traditional/specialty school within the district. Such a student shall be assigned for athletics at the district high school which is closest to the parents’ residence outside the district.

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To renew, or not to renew, is that even a question? DPS Superintendent Ward’s Contract

The Board of Education seems to be putting their elbows in their ears and saying “Nah, nah, nah, nah” while ignoring the upcoming deadline to review, renew or take action on Superintendent Lori Ward‘s contract.

Coming due next month, Ward is paid almost $200,000 a year- and has been at the helm since taking over from Kurt Stanic in March of 2010.

The district is two years away from state takeover.

In today’s paper- we find out that:

The top Dayton Public School was Valerie PreK-6 School, at 44 percent, earning a D….

(in Graduation rates) Dayton Public’s high schools earned an A (Stivers), a B (Ponitz), and four F’s (Thurgood Marshall at 73.5, Dunbar at 66.7, Belmont at 59.1 and Meadowdale at 50.0).

Source: Charter schools fail in K-3 Literacy

The board met at a retreat on Saturday, and went into executive session- but no mention was made of the contract or plans to either retain or replace Ms. Ward.

With scores like these, the decision should be pretty clear.

Neighborhood housing reinvestment, Atlanta style

I’m throwing this out for discussion- because it’s an alternative to explore in Dayton. I’m also bringing this up because I’ve had to listen to Mayor McLin talk about giving derelict homes to young college graduates to rehab- which in my opinion is an unrealistic and unnecessary “solution” if you think about it.

One thing to clarify: foreclosed homes are only valuable for a short time after the last residents leave. The moment these homes stand vacant, entropy steps in (or thieves) and the homes go from being habitable to a rehab project. The difference is huge.

In Atlanta they’ve got an incentive plan for foreclosed homes:

The foreclosure crisis is creating an investment opportunity for police officers and other emergency personnel who want to live and work in DeKalb County.

Federal stimulus funds will be used to help county personnel buy foreclosed homes in DeKalb County.

AJC file Federal stimulus funds will be used to help county personnel buy foreclosed homes in DeKalb County.

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis announced a new program Monday that will use federal stimulus funds to help county personnel buy foreclosed homes in DeKalb.

The program has earmarked $1.5 million for police officers and another $1 million for firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and other sworn “first responders.” It will provide a subsidy of $14,150 for those who stay in a home at least five years and $25,000 for those who remain a decade. It aims to stabilize neighborhoods dragged down by foreclosures while also assisting with the recruitment and retention of officers. As of August, there were 7,000 foreclosed homes in DeKalb County, said Chris Morris, the county director of Human and Community Development.

via DeKalb police to get subsidy to buy homes  | ajc.com.

(Note they call their “County Administrator” the CEO. Hmmm, maybe we’d get our pecking order right here if we switched terminology?)

The assumption that safety force personnel would want to live in areas in need of stabilization is a big one. In Dayton, we see a majority of our safety forces living in one area- Forest Ridge/Quail Hollow which is in Dayton, but part of the Huber Heights School district.

Secondly, it assumes that safety force personnel like to rehab homes. This is the fundamental flaw in Rhine McLin’s young graduate plan- not everyone can rehab homes, nor do you want them doing it. I happen to have the handy gene that skipped my father. I can frame, hang and finish drywall, and do a bit of finish carpentry, roof, paint, and do a little electrical work. That’s not the norm these days.  If you can’t do the work yourself, some of these homes will never be a good economic proposition. That’s why we have to work on the value of neighborhoods more than on homes. The value of the community has more to do with the value of a home than the value of the home. Need proof- look at some of the Dayton View mansions- and compare purchase prices to bungalows in Belmont.

What do you think of Atlanta’s idea? I’d love to hear from some of Dayton’s safety personnel.

I’d rather give them a guarantee of no increase in property tax valuation for as long as they live in the home as an incentive. The jump in valuation on my office once the abatement came off was a shock to me- with the tax rate 40% more than my home across the street that is bigger, with a garage and a bigger lot. Talk about a way to discourage fixing up things.

The real issue in all of this “reinvestment” is that the value of our city isn’t based on the value of the bricks and mortar, but the value of our people and their values. If we put people first- the rest will follow.