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Student "Kept Eye on Prize", Earns Diploma from Dayton High

It was a nontraditional route, but Timothy Eugene Sargent is now a proud graduate of Dayton High School.

Sargent was awarded his diploma at last week's Dayton Board of Education meeting, flanked by family and friends.

Board President Rosann Sharon presented the diploma with Superintendent Jay Brewer standing by.

"The students who receive their diploma outside the traditional pathway usually have many more obstacles to overcome," Brewer told the audience. "It would have been easy for him to give up, but he didn't. He kept his eye on the prize."

In other news from the meeting, Dayton High School principal Ryan Kellinghaus announced that 21 juniors and 13 seniors are enrolled in vocational school at the Campbell County Area Technology Center, almost twice as much as last year. 23 students are enrolled in the dual credit program offered through Gateway Community & Technical College.

He also said that a grant for next year was approved for $692,000, which will allow for more technology.

District sets tax rates

In a brief meeting before the regular Dayton Independent school Board meeting Wednesday night the board passed a tax rate of 112.1 cents per $100 on real property and 112.1 cents per $100 on personal property. The board also approved a rate of 85.9 cents per $100 of assessed value on 2018 motor vehicle and watercraft property.  The meeting was closed after the rates were passed.

Director of Student Services Ron Kinmon gave an update on attendance, stating that at the start of the school year there were 842 students, but at the time of the meeting there were 870 students. At the beginning of last school year the students numbered 851, and at the end of the year there were 853. There are 58 students in the ninth grade, but nine years ago the class numbered 68. 

Kinmon said that the district was doing a better job of retaining students.

Preschool director Brittney Howell reported that the district has 107 students now with 120 slots. On September 1, 10 more students will be tested.

Lincoln Elementary principal Heather Dragan said that the school has held two out of its three planned open houses, and that ten new staff members have been hired. She told the board that the summer reading program went well, and that this was the third year that the library stayed open, which contributed to the success of the program.

Architect Ehmet Hayes gave an update on the completion of the renovation projects at the district, saying that there were only a few more things to finish. 

Superintendent Brewer told a story that he heard about a student from Dayton High School who was looking at the school one night, and said that that when he started going to school there, the building looked like a prison, but he enthusiastically declared that now it looked like a nightclub, a definite improvement in his eyes.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor