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Dayton Schools Approve Off Day for Frankfort Advocacy, Honor Longtime Football Fan

The Dayton Board of Education saw what the superintendent called a strong audit report at its recent meeting.

Accounting firm Barnes and Dennig reviewed the district's finances and the firm reported that the audit was good and that there was solid cooperation from the schools' staff.

Dayton Independent Schools has $972,388 in its contingency fund.

The carryover fund was $1,537,000 and the cash balance at the beginning of the year was $1,155,413. The net pension liability was $2,179,334, up from last year's $2,024,238.

"This is the strongest audit report in years," said Brewer.

The board also voted to close the schools if Governor Matt Bevin calls a special session of the General Assembly to address the state pension crisis. Educators across the state have expressed opposition to Bevin's proposed changes to the teachers' retirement system. Local superintendents, including Brewer, have stated recently that the changes would make it difficult to retain veteran teachers and to attract new ones.

The board joins Ludlow, Bellevue, and others in allowing teachers and administrators to go to Frankfort to make their voices heard on the issue.

Also at the meeting, former football star Larry Marshall was honored for his induction into the Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame.

Marshall played for five years at Dayton before graduating in 1963. Since then, he attended more than 500 games, including the school's 1966 state title.

Marshall and his wife have five children, 18 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and he worked on the railroad for 37 years. He also was a volunteer firefighter for 30 years.

Marshall fondly recalled riding the bus to and from games. He has been a part of  Dayton football for over 50 years as part of the post-game huddles.

In other news, it was announced that the Dayton High School senior class has earned $236,000 in scholarship funds.

161 students have joined the Drug Free Club, nearly half of the student population, and up from 11 percent from last year.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Top photo: Larry Marshall with Dayton High principal Ryan Kellinghaus (provided)

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