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Dayton High Renovation On Time, District Robotics Teams Head to State

The Dayton Board of Education paid another portion of its costs for the Dayton High School renovation project.
The board authorized a $102,800 payment to Leo J. Brielmaier Company. District director of student services, Ron Kinmon, gave the board an update on the project, and said that footers have been poured for glass framing, and that walls have been framed for the new entrance. Masonry work is finished and most of the wiring is completed.
The project is right on time, Kinmon said.
Kinmon also reported to the board that the district's attendance has been down a little, and is currently just under 95 percent for the year, but he is confident that the rate will level out above the 95 percent mark by the end of the year.
Brittney Howell, director of preschool, announced that the district now has psychologist that is shared with Bellevue Independent Schools. Megan Sparks accepted the position and will split her time between the two districts, which will split her $52,000 salary. 
Robotics teams from Lincoln Elementary and Dayton Middle Schools showed off their skills to the board. The teams will compete at Rupp Arena in Lexington on April 12.
Noelle Brooks, the student representative at the board meetings, announced that the college and career-readiness rate dropped to 71 percent due to one student leaving the school, but said it would go back up soon when more students enrolled. She also mentioned that three students are fluent in Access, a data-based software that a lot of schools don't get to in their curriculum.
The next meeting has been changed, and will be on April 25, at 6 pm.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Top photo: Kevin Buemi, 10 from the fourth grade team at Lincoln elementary, sends his robot on a mission while sixth grade member Rilan Alcorn, 11, watches.
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Two teams from the third grade at Lincoln took turns with the robots they built. Addison Clifton, 9, Gabriella Cabrero, 9, Emily Hall, 9, and Leana Tucker, 9, demonstrated one task for their robots.