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Planning Process Begins for Possible Upgrades to Dayton High, Lincoln Elementary

The Dayton Independent School District has begun a short series of meetings dealing with facility plans for the district's two schools, Lincoln Elementary and Dayton High School. Earlier in December, the local planning committee, which is made up of a representative from the local planning and zoning agency, one school board member, two principals, one central office representative, two teachers, and a parent representative from each school, met to hear guidelines for the meetings from Robert Ehmet Hayes, whose company is the main architect for the school district.

"Basically, the first meeting was an orientation, something to tell us how we are going to proceed with the district facility plan," explained Ron Kinmon, Director of Student Services at Dayton. "The state requires that all districts have a facility plan, and it has to be redone every four years."
At the next meeting, which is at the Board office on January 13, at 4 p.m. with a public forum at 5:30 p.m., suggestions will be entertained as to what improvements or upgrades have to be done at both schools. Kinmon said it was his understanding that there are three levels to the Facility Plan, and the first two levels deal with the work that has to be done at the two schools, while the third level is more of a discretionary wish list.
"Most of the work that will be listed has to be bonded out, so this is based on what you are physically able to bond out, monetarily," said Kinmon. "We did our last Facility Plan back around 2006 and 2008, and we got a waiver so that we didn't have to do it again until now. Back then we had over $9 million in un­met needs, so we did what we could."
Any projects that are suggested by the local planning committee will have to be approved by the District Board of Education, and also by the state Board of Education. The projects are supposed to begin within two years, so Kinmon said any projects that are approved will probably begin in 2015 or 2016.
"The state requires us to have multiple meetings on this subject, just like all other districts," said Superintendent Jay Brewer.
No one attended the public forum at the last meeting.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor