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Dayton High School Faculty to Show Off College/Career Readiness with Shirts

The Dayton Board of Education learned about the Drop Your Drawers campaign organized by the Campbell County Public Library, which encourages donations of new underwear for students.

The campaign runs through December 31 and the goal this year is to collect 7,000 pairs.

Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series of books, is the co-mascot for the program, along with Cam, the library lion.

Dayton has collection boxes for anyone who would like to bring in underwear, in district schools and offices. Anyone who donates can be entered in a drawing to win prizes.

Pamela Tramble-Johnson is the new food director/chef for Dayton Schools. She was introduced at the recent board of education meeting, and gave the board a report on the good things happening in the cafeteria.   

As some of the students have up to three meals a day at the school, Superintendent Jay Brewer said that Tramble-Johnson is raising the bar in Dayton's continuing quest to provide students with the best choices of nutritional food that will tempt the students' palates.

"She cooks from scratch," Brewer said.

Starting on Monday, all staff at the high school will be wearing green shirts with the number 82.9 percent on them, under the words, Ask me about... Superintendent Brewer said that is the percentage of last year's senior class that scored college and/or career ready. He said Dayton received the second-highest score in Northern Kentucky, with only Beechwood scoring higher. Brewer said the district had the exact same score as Highlands in Fort Thomas.

Since the state average was 61 percent, Brewer said that he has the right to advertise, so he authorized the wearing of the shirts, hoping it will encourage the students to ask about the number. He said he is hoping it will generate enthusiasm for equaling or surpassing that number this year.

The board approved a $1,000 coaching stipend for Alex Laufmann for E-sports. The board also approved several old audio visual items as surplus so that the district can sell them. The board approved hiring a part time preschool aide using funds from the Preschool Partnership Grant.

The board voted to accept the first offer of assistance from the School Facilities Construction Commission for KETS in the amount of $7,340.   

They also voted to approve the audit report done by Barnes Dennig and Company, LTD. Superintendent Brewer said that the carry-over was $1.6 million, from last year to this year, and they have a contingency of $1.2 million, or 15.48 percent, which he said is nearly double what it was five to six years ago.

Ron Kinmon, from student services, reported that two new water fountains will be installed in the high school and a new water fountain will be installed on the Lincoln Elementary playground next spring, when the weather is warmer.

Nicole Ponting from Early Childhood, related how the daycare is now operating in the black. She said the preschoolers had a Thanksgiving feast. She also said she was able to purchase a new iPad for each preschool classroom.

Students from Lincoln Elementary and Dayton were honored as students of the month: Bailey Gully, Jordan Perry, Jeremiah Young, Kylah Comstock, Bentley Arnett, Colin Schneider, Mystiq Catacora, Joseph Guaman, Khloe Comstock, Talon Trimnell, Zoe Hedger, Aaleigha Clark,  Edmund Holmes, Lyah Polly, Jackson Fosset, Hailey McVey, Mason Fromeyer, and Nicole Hauser were highlighted from Lincoln Elementary.

Kaydence Mullins, Lucas Hundemer, Joseph Watson, Jordynn Straub, Jasmine Wardia, and Abby Coleman were honored from the high school.

Artist of the month was Rachel Holaday, and athlete of the month was Elizabeth Lukens. October's principal's pick was Ben Neuspickle.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
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