Dayton School Board Approves Pay Raises, District Wins Lots of Grant Funding
The Dayton Board of Education voted on Tuesday to accept the salary schedule for district employees.
Last fall, the board approved a 1 percent pay raise that will carry over into next year. Superintendent Jay Brewer said enrollment in the district also impacts salary ranges, as can uncertaintly related to state funding.
Approximately 6 teachers that were behind in their salaries received a boost from the vote.
Also, because district officials said that it is difficult to keep school bus drivers, a one dollar per hour raise was approved for the district's full-time bus driver.
The board also voted to go with Roberts Insurance for the student school insurance. There were several companies under consideration, but Superintendent Brewer recommended Roberts because their bid for the plan was $12,972.30, approximately $2,000 less that last year's cost of $14,992. The cost to the student is nothing; the board picks up the entire cost of the insurance.
Another action item was the approval to pay another piece of the Dayton High School renovation project to Leo J. Brielmaier in the amount of $157,072. The board also approved the site-based decision-making council allocations, as well as the approval of the NKCES intent to participate in the 2017-2018 school year.
The board was happy with Barnes, Dennig and Company for their audit services, and voted to extend the contract to next year for $15,000.
The board accepted $4,124 in state funds for assistance in technology.
Several grants have been received: the district won a $25,000 grant from Scripps Howard Family Literacy, and a grant for $469,000 over 5 years for after-school program expansion. It also received a $40,000 Early Childhood grant.
High School Principal Ryan Kellinghaus announced that their college and career readiness number is at 90 percent, up a lot from last year's 78 percent. The number is also well above the state average. He announced that the average ACT score was currently at 20.7, above the state average of 19.5 and above last year, which was 19.1. They have seven more scores to tabulate, but don't expect the number to go down.
"This is great that half of our juniors are college-ready," said Brewer.
Several students received an award for students of the month:
Five students were recognized as chess champions from the Queen City Classic in March: Kevin Buemi, from 4th grade who placed 8th. Nikki Lin, a fourth grader who placed 5th, Paul Masminster, a fifth grader who placed 10th, Tim Hanes, a sixth grader who placed 14th, and Braden Fromeyer, a sixth grader who placed 8th. Their coach, Todd Mobarry, praised them for their skills, and said every student from the second grade through the sixth grade knows how to play chess. This is the sixth year for the chess program at Lincoln elementary.
The employee of the month was Dillion Mears.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor