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Dayton Schools Buy Nearby Property, Day Care Program Saved by Parents

The Dayton Board of Education purchased the property adjacent to the high school's parking lot.

The district acquired 767 Third Avenue for $30,000.

There are no plans for the site currently, except to demolish the house by the end of July and then plant grass.

The district already owns another property adjacent to the parking lot, but there is a privately-owned home between the two schools-owned lots.

At some point, there may be bigger plans for the properties.

Meanwhile, as the district seeks to save money on energy costs, a representative from Schneider Energy came to tell the board how that could be possible.

Currently, Dayton Independent Schools spends $188,000 per year on energy costs.

A feasibility study by Schnedier revealed that the district could save between 26 and 34 percent, or $49,000 to $64,000 per year - and the company would guarantee those savings for twenty years.

The board expressed a desire to lower the costs and agreed to issue a request for proposals so that the project can be bid upon.

The average ACT score at Dayton High School dropped to 19 this year, down from 20.3 last year. The highest possible score is 36. However, principal Ryan Kellinghaus told the board that the 19 average was still the third-highest average in school history.

Additionally, 112 high school students passed the new state-mandated civics test while 42 failed. Freshment will be given the test again next year, along with any seniors who have not yet passed it. It is required for graduation thanks to a newly adopted law.

The district's day care program was in danger of closing down, but director Brittney Howell said that she took the financial problem to parents, who all agreed to pay a hgiher rate of $150 per week to keep it open.

The board approved Superintendent Jay Brewer's evaluation. In the evaluation there are seven leadership categories; Strategic, Instructional, Cultural, Human Resource, External Development, and Influential. In this evaluation, Superintendent Brewer received exemplary in each category, which is the highest mark possible.

Student Nick Wherle received his diploma at the board meeting, as his family - inlcuding his young daughter - cheered. Wherle was originally part of the Class of 2017. Superintendent Brewer told Wherle that many times when you have to overcome difficulties, you come through stronger.

Johnessah Barbies was honored as the athlete of the month. Barbies is a three sport letterman, lettering in volleyball, basketball, and track and field.

Joanne Cozart retired and was recognized with a gift.

Erin Goetz, a teacher, was recognized as employee of the month for March.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor