Why Oakwood will have better schools in the future

Reading an article in the Dayton Business Journal about school districts thinking of 4 day school weeks to save on gas, it became really obvious that the idea of busing students to school is obsolete. Dayton Public Schools use 40,000 gallons of diesel per month. At $4.50 a gallon, that’s $180,000 being spent just on gas, instead of instruction. Compare that with Oakwood where almost all students walk to school, where that money can be spent on education instead of transportation.

Walkable communities aren’t going to be optional. Instead of worrying about how big the parking lot is going to be at the new Krogers, they should be looking at building more smaller stores, closer to customers.

Instead of building “communities” like “Village of North Clayton” in corn fields far from employers and schools we should be rewarding employers for having their employees in walking distance.

Same song, different reason.

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9 Responses

  1. Jeff June 29, 2008 / 4:26 pm
    Villages of North Clayton is a model development for this area as it promises to have at least shopping withing walking distance. There’s nothing to say that suburban schools cant be built within walking distance either, becoming true neighborhood schools.

    The issue of living closer to work in an area where most of the work will be defense-related will benefit places like Beavercreek, Riveride and Fairborn before it benefits Dayton because those suburbs are closer to the base and the off-base defense contractors than Dayton is.

  2. David Esrati June 29, 2008 / 4:30 pm

    Jeff-
    There’s nothing saying we can’t build good light rail, or public transport for Government/defense jobs.
    The villages of North Clayton aren’t near anything- and the number of homes won’t be enough to support a school.

  3. Gene June 30, 2008 / 2:46 am
    Kids who live in Dayton are too lazy to walk to school…… and they would skip school anyway.

    Being dropped off in a limo or Mercedes is not quite a bus, but then again everyone here has an opinion on Oakwood……. yet no one here has ever attended or lived in Oakwood.

  4. Drexel Dave June 30, 2008 / 6:22 am
    You sure do sling a lot of absolutes for someone who seemingly makes a living off of stereotypes Gene. You are so full of crap, yep, your eyes are turning browner.
  5. Gene June 30, 2008 / 11:24 am
    At least I don’t walk around my neighborhood looking for change.

    Why don’t you move to Oakwood, Drex? You can look for dollar bills, fives,and tens rather than the penny or nickel. And more people in Oakwood would be receptive of your music………… just take the wife beater off and you may have a chance. People in Oakwood are much more open than most give them credit for. Good luck!

  6. David Esrati June 30, 2008 / 11:44 am

    Gene-
    You are walking a fine line here. No name calling- at least until you provide your full, real name. Capish.

  7. Gene June 30, 2008 / 12:47 pm
    DD says I am full of shit, which I guess is cool with you.

    I wear a wife beater…… and it is just a little joke, you know, making fun of those of us that live in Dayton (including me)

    I have GREEN eyes btw

  8. David Esrati June 30, 2008 / 12:51 pm

    No Gene- he said you were fill of crap-
    and- you aren’t anything other than an apparition here. Things said don’t go back to your boss, your family, etc.

  9. Gene June 30, 2008 / 2:30 pm
    DE has made himself out to be much like the late Curt Henning.

    Why does my boss care what I do…… I am self employed. And my family loves me very much for being so smart and talented.

    Anyway, Oakwood does have an advantage with it walkable community. I think other suburban schools would like this option, but the reality is that it is cheaper for a government to have one large building for a high school (like Centerville, or Fairmont) than to have many smaller schools. And Dayton falls into the same sort of situation. Fewer yet larger buildings are simply more cost effective.

    DPS should not step over dimes to pick up pennies. Smaller schools would be nice, especially if you can walk to them, but it is just not economically feasible.

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