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Dayton Schools Celebrates Distinguished Rating, Prepares for Preschool Recruitment

The Dayton Board of Education celebrated the school district's new status as "distinguished", the highest rating in the state, at its meeting this week.
Earlier this month it was reported that after a review by state officials, the Dayton Independent School District had actually scored higher on state tests than previously reported, changing the rating from proficient to distinguished. Dayton now ranks #70 out of 173 districts in the state. Six years ago, the district was ranked #171.
"I am very excited that we are distinguished," Superintendent Jay Brewer said.
George Sparks, from Barnes and Dennig, gave a report on the district's annual audit, saying it was an unmodified, clean opinion, and that the district was basically in very good shape despite a close scrutiny for any abnormalities.
In other business, the board approved setting aside $5,000 towards the literacy effort at Lincoln elementary. They also voted to accept the first offer of assistance from the School Facilities Construction Commission in the amount of $7,422, which is mostly for technology and will be matched by the school board. The board also approved a stipend of $350 for the Winter Guard program for the band.
The district received a Preschool Partnership grant of $117,000, and out of that money the district will hire someone for an Early Childhood Community Connector position.
"This position will be for community outreach," said Brittany Howell, director of preschool. "We will be trying to reach out and find the new babies and new families. Then we will be trying to get those families hooked up with our resources."
The Core Life program was funded through next year.  
It was also announced that the high school will be pursuing a program under the One to One reading mentoring program, only this one will be where high school students mentor the grade school children.
Ron Kinmon, director of student services, said the attendance numbers were down a little, but that they tend to go up and down.
The board also moved to declare some equipment surplus, from the weight room and from the shop room.
Students were honored for being students of the month, and given certificates. Kelsey Buemi was the athlete of the month and Mallory Michaels was the artist of the month.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Slideshow Images & Captions: 
students of the month from Dayton High School--Bradyn Williams, Raelee DeBruler, Isabella Rogers, Grace Workman, Noah Meyers, and Jude Stitzel.
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