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Dayton Schools Celebrate Anonymous Gift & Other Notes

The Dayton Independent School District received a very special Christmas present right before the holiday -- a $25,000 donation.

Superintendent Jay Brewer said at the monthly Board of Education meeting in January that the donor wishes to remain anonymous, and furthermore did not specify what the donors wanted the money spent on. Although no decision has been made for the money, Brewer speculated about its future, saying that it could go into an investment account, or it could go towards the future of the Gateway Community & Technical College dual credit program, because the district picks up the cost of that program.

"At this point the use of these funds has not been determined," Brewer said. "We simply want to share this great news and highlight the wonderful giving spirit that is alive and well in the community of Dayton."

He went on to share two quotes from Dayton High School and UCLA coaching legend John Wooden: "The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching," and, "You can't live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you."

Meanwhile, the board approved the draft budget for the district Wednesday night, but it was realized that the numbers were described as preliminary due to the fact that a lot of information pertinent to the budget is riding on information yet to be decided by the General Assembly session this year.

Architect Ehmet Hayes gave the board an estimate of the projects scheduled for the high school. The budget for the projects total $1,096,692, and the phase one of the master plan was delineated in the architectural drawings.

The board was pleased with the report of the kindergarten readiness that was listed two years ago as 28 percent, then rose to 36 percent the following year, and 52 percent in 2015.

The board approved the schedule of board meetings for the year, and all the meetings are on the fourth Wednesday with three exceptions, June, November and December, when the meetings will be held on the third Wednesday.

The board also approved a graduation date of Friday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m.

The board also approved the offer of assistance from the School Facilities Construction Commission for $17,180 for annual debt service to add to the bonding potential of the school.

Principal Jeremy Dodd gave a report on  how well the CERT testing has gone, and principal Greg Duty told the board about the MAP testing in the elementary school.

Finally, the board approved declaring some of the kitchen equipment as surplus equipment.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Top photo: Stuidents of the Month at Dayton High School: Aubrey Williams (7th Grade), Shawn Payne (8th Grade), Sheyanne Panetta (9th Grade), Catherine Drake (10th Grade), Buddy Lukens (11th Grade), Caitlin McVey (12th Grade), Artist of the Month–McKennah Corman, Athlete of the Month–Lindsey Trimnell
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Lincoln Elementary Students of the Month: Jolene Jimenez, Ke’Mara Humphrey, Teresa Ouellette, Brendan White, Hailee DeBruler, Kaden Adams, Cooper Cronk, Logan Prince, Donivan McGlone, Nathan Farmer, Jaiden Sumler, Matthew Tumler, Logan Patterson, Kevin Buemi, Peyton Young, James Furguson, Kailah Johnson, Marina Ortega Forbes, Eric Jimenez, Dylan Rhymer