Dayton Schools Introduce Two New Principals
Two new principals were introduced at the Dayton Board of Education meeting on Wednesday night.
Last month saw the resignation of the principals at Lincoln Elementary and Dayton High School. Greg Duty and Jeremy Dodd accepted positions in other districts (Duty is the new superintendent of Southgate Schools and Dodd will be a principal at a school in Williamstown). Superintendent Jay Brewer said the district had 19 or 20 applications for the elementary principal job and 19 for the high school principal job. In the end, Brewer said that assistant principal Heather Dragan was a stand-out in the interview process, and she was the one the board wanted to hire for Lincoln Elementary.
Dragan has spent 24 years in the district, as a teacher, in the board office and as the assistant principal. "I wanted to continue this work, and I am honored to accept the job," Dragan said. "Since I got the call, I haven't stopped smiling."
Ryan Kellinghaus will be the new Dayton Middle School and Dayton High School principal. Brewer said that there were several really good candidates for the job, but Kellinghaus had the best vision for where the school would be in ten years. Kellinghaus graduated from Dayton High School and taught special education for ten years. He was assistant principal at Bracken County for one year and at Lloyd High School for three years. Brewer said that Kellinghaus specializes in Problem-based Learning, which the district wanted for the school. He told the board that when he called Kellinghaus, he told him, "Welcome home."
"We are excited to have Ryan on board," Brewer stated.
Brewer gave a special gift to former high school principal Dodd, telling him that he appreciated his sincerity, honesty and deliberateness that he had brought to the job in the three years he was principal.
Dayton City Councilman Joe Neary came to the school board meeting seeking permission to involve the kids in the schools in making videos about "how great it is to live in Dayton." Neary was awarded a grant through a new initiative launched by Skyward and the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington. Neary was able to get one of five $250 grants for his project and said that he would like to get the kids involved for a different perspective of the city. The board was agreeable to the idea.
Rick Wolf gave a report about the program review scores, saying that Lincoln Elementary came in with a total score of 34.7, over the target score of 32. Dayton High School came in with a total score of 31.7, just under the target score but close enough.
Ron Kinmon told the board that the health clinic at the school will now be open two days a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of one day. He also said that four students were involved in a summer work program which was successful.
Ed Long, the teacher for the gifted and talented program, gave an outline of the policies and procedures. He said that the program needed more structure and that the changes would also be a model for when he wasn't running it anymore. The board agreed and voted to accept the policies and procedures.
The board also approved the Certified Evaluation plan for the 2016-2017 school year. They voted yes for the District Employee Handbook for 2016-2017, and approved the daycare handbook.
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Joe Neary was awarded one grant and not five for his project. There were five grants made available to all Dayton residents, of which two have been awarded, including one to Neary.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Top photo: Dodd and Brewer