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Dayton Students Produce Video for Drone Contest; Board Seeks New Member

Three students from Dayton High School shared a video with the Dayton Board of Education, demonstrating what they would do with drones on campus.

Juniors Benjamin Collins and Cameron Pierce and freshman Joseph McGuire partnered with Aerial Intelligence Services to compete in the Using Drones for Good contest.

Drones could be used for many purposes at Dayton, including a thermal imaging student of the high school and Lincoln Elementary, the boys stated.

Three students from Dayton High School, juniors Benjamin Collins, and Cameron Pierce, and freshman Joseph McGuire, partnered with a business, Aerial Intelligence Services, and joined a drone contest, called Using Drones for good.

The three students showed their short film at the regular Dayton School board meeting Wednesday night, where they described how drones could be used for many purposes, including doing a thermal imaging study of the High school and Lincoln Elementary.  

Supporters of the Dayton students' effort can vote for the video at http://contest.edventures.com. Five winners will be chosen for more than $15,000 in prizes.

In other news, board members Carrie Downard and Diane Huff were sworn in for new terms after winning reelection in November. Board member Tom Dilts resigned last year, so the Kentucky Department of Education is reviewing two applications for the position.

Superintendent Jay Brewer said that the district hopes to have a new board member by the next meeting in February.

The board was given a gift and a round of applause because January is National School Board Appreciation month.

The board approved the first draft of the next budget.   

Financial Director Trish Gosney told the board how the carryover was $1.7 million, mainly due to properties purchased by the district.  

The contingency is $1.1 million, which is approximately 15 percent of the budget.

As of the last audit, the amount for the district to contribute to the retirement system is $39,813,096.

Gosney told the board it is always difficult to put together this first draft because there are no firm numbers yet, but they have to look at the trends from last year and put in the estimates of numbers. According to state regulations, the first budget draft has to be in by the end of January.

The district had already compiled their school calendar committee, and had filtered several versions of next year's calendar through the committee. Everyone agreed on option B, which gave a full two weeks for Christmas vacation, and extended the academic year till the end of May. Graduation is scheduled for May 29. The board approved the committee's choice.

It was announced that 32 seniors have received 23 letters to 12 different schools. Seniors have secured over $348,000 in scholarships to date.

The board recognized Angel Mason as the artist of the month.  Mason will be pursuing a music education degree, and is currently taking several college classes.

David Puchta is the athlete of the month. He was recognized for his skill as a bowler; he has never missed a practice or a match. His average has increased 17 points from last year.

Students from Lincoln elementary were recognized as students of the month. Morgan Sumpter, Nevaeh Clark, Memphis Garcia, Ben Laux, Jaiden Newman, Collin Spradlin, Aislinn Dudney, Tyler Henson, Ceanan Dicks, Alexis Caudill, Vincente Martinez, Aleiyah Hull, Aidan Stamper, Axie Jimenez, Carly Bickers, Maci Hatton, and Chelsea Straub were honored, and Brianna Trent was the Principals Pick.

Several students from Dayton High School were recognized as students of the month. These students were Tyler Caldwell, Toby Stewart, Abigaail Masminster, Haley Parks, Hannah Bolton, and Sheyanne Panetta.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor