“Our school district and our city face complex challenges for improvement,” Trotwood-Madison Board of Education President Adrienne L. Heard responded Thursday in an open letter to McDonald.

Heard’s letter also includes information from the Economic Innovation Group’s “distressed community index” showing Trotwood’s unemployment rate for adults 25 to 64 (33.6 percent), housing vacancy rate (15.6 percent), poverty rate (21.1 percent and residents without a high school diploma or equivalent (11.3 percent). The index also shows an 18 percent drop in both the number of businesses in the city and the unemployment rate from 2011 to 2015, according to Heard’s letter.

By: Sharon Wilmore, Dayton Daily News

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Distressed Communities Index (DCI) 

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