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Dayton Celebrates Student's Graduation, Coach's Achievements

The Dayton Board of Education approved the financial report for fiscal year 2018. Superintendent Jay Brewer said the school district is in great financial shape. He also said that the board may be able to look into giving raises to the staff in the fall.

Additionally, the board authorized the hiring of a gifted & talented data entry assistant, with a stipend of $750 for the year. The part-time position helps the regular staff keep up on its work.

The new special education/early childhood/day care director introduced herself to the board. Nicole Ponting has twenty years of experience in the education field and said that she is looking forward to the challenge of her new job. Ponting replaces Brittany Howell, who took a job in Frankfort, her hometown.

Lincoln Elementary principal Heather Dragan told the board that there are seven new staff members this school year, but the physical education position is still open.

Dayton High School principal Ryan Kellinghaus gave an update on ACT prep. The bootcamp for students was held on July 12 and the actual test was administered on July 14. 

83 percent of the students tested as college and career ready, up from 72 percent last year.

Jvon Stokes officially graduated during the board meeting, as friends and family cheered him on. Brewer congratulated Stokes, saying that there are many paths to achieve a goal, and that Stokes took a different path and finally crossed the finish line.

Stokes threw his hat in the air to the applause of the audience.

"I did it!," he told everyone proudly.

Longtime coach honored with street name
Barry Binkley was surprised on Friday, July 27, with a ceremony to honor him for all his achievements at Dayton. As one of most accomplished track and cross country coaches in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, Binkley turned a high school passion into a career filled with honors.

Friday night Binkley was invited to attend a dedication ceremony at Dayton High School. Five benches in front of the high school were dedicated to the five championships that the school has won over the years.

But what Binkley didn't know was that a street near the school was officially renamed Binkley Way in his honor. Binkley led Dayton to four of those five state championships.

Superintendent Jay Brewer said that this was a great honor for a great coach. Coach Binkley was surprised and touched by the honor, and was very appreciative.

Regarded as the dean of running in Northern Kentucky, Binkley guided teams to six Kentucky championships, and 15 state runner up finishes. During his 25 years at Dayton High School, his girls teams were state champions twice and runners up six times.   

His career has spanned 49 years, and included seven schools, among which were Elder, Batavia, and Simon Kenton. Binkley formed the first girls team in Northern Kentucky while he coached at Holmes in 1974, and the girls were able to race on their own instead of being combined with the boys teams.

He also coached boys teams and recorded 14 state runner up finishes. Coach Binkley was named Coach of the Year ten times by various organizations through his career, and was inducted into several athletic halls of fame during the last several years.

In high school, Binkley was no stranger to running. In Ohio state cross country races he placed seventh in 1957 and fourth in 1958. He also set the school record at Woodward High School as a senior in 1959 when he ran the mile in 4:36, and was a district track champ in the 880.

Coach Binkley currently lives in Alexandria with his wife, Janice. They have one daughter, Molly.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
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