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Dayton Schools Enjoying New Level of Transparency at Meetings

The Dayton School Board had its first experience with the e-meetings system Wednesday night at the regular school board meeting and Superintendent Jay Brewer said the it was a success. People who want to find out what will be discussed at the school board meeting can go to the Dayton Schools website, and click on the tab at the top marked e-meetings. There they will find all the information the school board members receive, so the community can share the information ahead of the scheduled meeting.
"I am very pleased with how the first meeting went," said Brewer. "I think we have most of the kinks worked out. I am excited about the level of transparency that this will give us and the community."
Several students were recognized as students of the month, or principal's picks at the meeting, and they were given certificates. The board also recognized Barb Berringer as employee of the month, and Shamichael Ballard as artist of the month.
Tom Dilts took the oath of office as the new member of the board, and Carrie Downard and Diane Huff were ­sworn in as newly re­-elected members. The board then elected Rosann Sharon as Board President, Bernie Pfeffer as Vice President, Jay Brewer as Secretary, and Trish Gosney as Treasurer.
The board looked over the draft budget and saw that $605,542 was the amount carried forward, and the total expenditures were $7,680,227, while the total revenues were 8,091,237, leaving a contingency fund of $410,960, or 4.84 percent.
"We are in a better spot than two years ago, when we had to cut a half million out of our budget," explained Brewer. "We should be able to put some back into the budget, hopefully in salary and staffing for next year. I am hoping to give the schools their allocations by March first.
However, it is a challenge to figure it all out. We will have a tentative budget by May, but if we want to add personnel, most teachers want to be hired by then, so it is important to make decisions and have the hiring done as soon as we know we can do it."
The board did approve a new position for both of the schools of an instructional assistant, which will be a position that will fill in as needed . They also approved the schedule of board meetings for the next year.
At the end of the meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss litigation.
Story & photos by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Top photo: Principal Greg Duty and Ashton Becknell
Slideshow Images & Captions: 
Kaitlynn Hall, Cierra Collins, Cassie Hammonds, and Sarah Harding are pictured, Jordan Robbins and Krista Ackerson are not present, in addition to the school principal and assistant principal and Superintendent Jay Brewer.