Thursday, March 20, 2003

Dayton superintendent wants five schools closed

The Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio - The city's superintendent of schools has recommended closing five schools in June, resulting in the reassignment of 1,872 students and 132 teachers.

The proposal is part of a $627 million plan to rebuild all the city's public schools. In November, residents approved a $245 million bond issue to raise the local share of the state-subsidized project.

MacFarlane Middle School, Grace A. Greene Academy, Ruskin Elementary School, E.J. Brown Elementary School and Wogaman Elementary School were scheduled to be rebuilt or renovated, but most were to remain open much later in the 10-year construction project.

Superintendent Percy Mack proposed the closings Tuesday. A vote by board members is scheduled for April 1. Board President Gail Littlejohn said the closings will accelerate the construction project and save money.

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