Dayton Celebrates "Distinguished" Rating for School District with New Signs
Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:08 RCN Newsdesk
The celebration of an improving school district is now on display in the City of Dayton.
The Dayton Board of Education announced at last week's meeting that its partnership with the city produced attractive new signs at two entrances to the city. One can be found on the west side of Sixth Avenue at the Bellevue border, and the other can be found on Dayton Pike at the Ft. Thomas border.
The signs welcome visitors to Dayton - and identify the new "distinguished" designation for Dayton Independent Schools.
In November, a review by the Commonwealth of Kentucky boosted the school district from a "proficient" state rating to "distinguished", according to state test results.
In other news from last week's meeting, student representative Noelle Brooks gave a Power Point presentation on the Drug-Free Club at the high school. The club is based on incentives and rewards, and the school is trying to expand the club. Members make a commitment to be drug-tested every year, and also to have random drug tests. There are eight such clubs in the Northern Kentucky area: at Dixie Heights, Beechwood, Campbell County, Covington Catholic, Notre Dame, Bishop Brossart, Twenhofel Middle School, and Dayton High School. Brooks reported that Superintendent Jay Brewer has reached out to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and several colleges to try and create opportunities for preferred employment, discounts, and scholarships.
Dayton High School Principal Ryan Kellinghaus announced that the high school and middle school have received a grant which allowed them to purchase two 3D printers. With the two printers, Kellinghaus said he hopes that they can start a middle school 3D printer club.
In other business, the board passed the draft budget. Superintendent Brewer said they are trying to look at alternative sources for money since there doesn't seem to be as much money forthcoming from the state this year.
The board also passed the revised schedule of school board meetings.
A payment was approved to Leo J. Brielmaier Company in the amount of $190,014.25 for the high school renovation project.
The board approved an Early Childhood Community Connector Assistant stipend of $4,444, which is paid for through the Preschool Partnership Grant.
Children from both schools were recognized as students of the month. The athlete of the month is Nolan Brooks, and the artist of the month is Polly Carr.