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Dayton Schools Adopt Plans to Continue Positive Momentum

The Dayton Board of Education accepted the district's comprehensive school improvement plan for Lincoln Elementary and Dayton High School, and the district overall.
Superintendent Jay Brewer said that the plan encompasses seven goals, some set by the state and some by the district: reading and math proficiency, college and career-readiness, graduation rate, novice reduction, gap reduction, professional learning, and early childhood.
Dayton High principal Ryan Kellinghaus said that the school's college and career-readiness rate is up to 60 percent. Also in the district, preschool enrollment is up and a new community connector has been hired. Debbie Moore, a former preschool teacher, was tapped for the role.
The board also approved the owner-contractor agreement for the renovation project that is well under way at the high school, as well as the first pay application for the renovation project to the Leo J. Brielmaier Company in the amount of $117,474.48. The entire project will cost approximately $1,350,000. Meeting dates for 2017 were approved,  with a revision to put the December 20 meeting on December 13.
Twenty-five high school juniors and two teachers attended a recent ACT boot camp, and the district is also working on adding a new prep program for the ACT in the spring. 
Attendance in the district this year is at 95.5 percent. As for any adverse weather affecting the district, Superintendent Brewer told the board that he always informs the students that schools will close when McDonald's closes. On the day in question, he saw a student coming into the school, and she told him she knew they were open because McDonald's was open.
Lincoln Principal Heather Dragan told the board about an Accelerated Reader challenge in the school, where both the fifth grade and the sixth grade scored 100 percent, but the sixth grade had a slight edge in points and therefore won the right to have a pizza party.
Brewer said that new ovens for the cafeteria would be delivered and installed over the holidays. He also told the board that since the district has met the goals of being proficient and distinguished, he will hold a meeting in the spring to create the next step, reassessing the goals for the district according to the motto of "inspire, engage and grow."
Several students were recognized as students of the month and received certificates. Lisa Seyberth was named as employee of the month, Christina Marlow is the athlete of the month, and Haven Thompson is the artist of the month.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Top photo: Cindy Swain, Callie Dykes, Alexis Patrick,  Peyton Stigall, Libby Johnson, Braylen Thomas, Bailee Clark, Brooklyn Moreno,  CJ Cornett, Kaden Adams, Jayda Brehm, Nate Ridener, Landon Windeler, Dalton George, Brooklynn Unsell, Mason Fromeyer, Kailah Johnson, Zoey Elsen-Bacis, and Ariana Clark.
Slideshow Images & Captions: 
Students of the month Dayton High School---Corey Marksberry, Trenton Downard, Lance Klette, Holly Shamblin, and Noelle Brooks.
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