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Dayton Schools Show Improvement on College/Career Readiness, Receive Grants

Dayton High School seniors scored a 77.5 on their college and career readiness assessment, the highest score ever for the school, according to Principal Jeremy Dodd, who also announced at last week's board of education meeting that the high school and the middle school both received grants of $32,400 each for funding summer programs which will provide some innovative summer programs for students.

Additionally, the results of the end of course testing are in, and students scored above average in all four subjects, algebra 2, biology, English 10, and US history across the board. The three year average for the end of course testing shows improvement every year.

The board passed the tentative budget for the 2016-2017 school year. The $1,150,000 budget has a contingency fund of $737,027 or 8.65 percent. The SEEK funding from the state will be down next year as it was this year because attendance is down.

Superintendent Jay Brewer announced that the district received two Kentucky Department of Education grants for $20,000 apiece for two combi ovens for the schools which will help the cafeterias to offer a better way to feed the children. The district recently participated in the Cook for America program as part of an effort to prepare better, healthier meals for students.

The board also OK'd an updated stipend schedule which includes a new early bird business class for students in Microsoft Office. The business teacher will come in early to teach this class which is open to a mix of students.

Brittney Howell said that they have the numbers they need to continue daycare next year. She also told the board that 57 children have committed to going to kindergarten next year, and that the screening tool for kindergarten will be changing next year.

Sally Whalen, a teacher assistant for 24 years was recognized at the meeting. Brian Volpenhein and Troy Clifton were recognized as employees of the month for April and May respectively. Artist of the month was Jasiah Corman.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor