Deer Park’s Evolving Community Conversation
The frank and open community conversation about the Deer Park City Schools (Ohio) that led to the overwhelming passage two years ago of a major operating levy is evolving to address two separate but related current concerns. Faced with an important decision about the district’s elementary school, Deer Park Superintendent Jeff Langdon is preparing to build upon his district’s levy discussion and engage his community in another important conversation regarding both the future of that elementary school and the loss of local tax dollars to privately owned charter schools. Jeff explains that he has been discussing these issues with a dozen or so key citizens in his school district for the past few months and that this core group will be scheduling 30 to 40 coffee discussions beginning in January 2016 to address these concerns.
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