Letter - Another Dayton school bond should be rejected

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The voters in Dayton recently sent a huge message to the School District by voting down the recent bond request of $20 million.

I’m not afraid to say that I voted “no” and I will do the same if a bond is put to the voters in the fall.

Now I’m sure that fact doesn’t set well with those of you who voted for the bond, but let me share some information I just learned.

The 2014 graduating class of seniors in our high school only has 26 students. Every one of them is anticipating that on June 7 they will receive the diplomas they have worked toward for the last 13 years.

Now, within the last two weeks, these students are finding out that six or possibly seven of them will not get a signed diploma.

Why, you ask? It seems that somewhere, somehow, someone didn’t make sure these students had sufficient credits, especially in math, to graduate.

These seniors have spent countless hours applying for scholarships. They have spent hundreds of dollars for senior pictures, announcements, caps and gowns. They are making preparations for college in the fall. They have summer jobs to help with expenses, and now they find out they will be spending their summer taking an online geometry class to try to get those necessary credits.

Results won’t be available for them until August.

So why did this happen? Where does it leave these students? What happens to the scholarships that they might receive?

If you are the parent of a student at Dayton High School, you need to get copies of your child’s transcripts before the school year ends so you know where they stand. Make sure you get a copy in writing but don’t count on that being accurate. You need to make sure you know what the requirements are to graduate.

I hope this letter has given you some food for thought when the School District reruns it bond in the fall. My vote will still be “no.”

Cherie Hinchliff

Dayton

Comments

fatherof5 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't live in Dayton, so I don't have a horse in this race, and what is described in this letter sounds pretty awful, but here's a thought on the general principle for which this letter argues. School bonds primarily benefit kids, not adults. District employees get paid whether bonds pass or fail. Sure, they care, but a bond failure doesn't impact adults the way it does kids.

So, when a school district makes errors that hurt kids, such as the errors described in this letter, is the appropriate response to vow to reject all future bonds? You know, the bonds that benefit kids? There are other ways to hold districts accountable without punishing kids.

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