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Dayton Schools Celebrate Award, Adopt Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers

The Dayton Board of Education continued to celebrate its receipt of the PEAK award from the Kentucky School Boards Association, which honored the district earlier this month.

Dayton won for its One-to-One reading and Book-a-Week program which provides a free book every week to preschool students and local day cares.

As a result of the program, about 120 students have received 30 books a year to start their own home libraries.

The program grew out of Superintendent Jay Brewer's desire to get children to pay less attention to electronic equipment like phones and iPads and more attention to having adults read books to them.

Other districts in Northern Kentucky are now adopting the Book-a-Week program.

In other business, the Dayton school board adopted a federal student loan repayment program that includes loan forgiveness. GotZoom will be available for teachers and employees to be able to take advantage of for their student loans.

The board approved the salary schedule which includes stipends for middle school coaches. This will allow middle school students to play football, since Dayton Youth Football discontinued its program for middle school students last year.

One of the teachers at Lincoln Elementary, Amanda Berringer, will be recognized as a Golden Apple teacher on April 30 at a banquet.

Principal Heather Dragan said that Lincoln's performance of The Lion King, Jr. was a great success. The play was put on by the drama club.

The board is considering replacing the floors in the cafeteria and bathrooms with the same floor that was installed in the entryway and the art room.  Superintendent Brewer said they are currently looking for a quote to start that project.

Dayton High School Principal Ryan Kellinghaus announced that the Future Business Leaders of America organization is back up and running under Ed Crutchleo. Several students went to the state competition this year.

Several students were recognized as students of the month.  Easton Long, Lillie Smith, Jaida Connley, Gatlin Erdman, Brandon Jimenez, Tanner Frisch, Ariel Hull, Braylen Williams, Preston Flowers, Sophia Ramirez, Adriana Ashcraft, Nathaniel Mangulabnan,  Ethan Seymour, Anthony Hull, Brooklynn Unsell, Kierston Reynolds, and Adriannah Young were honored from Lincoln Elementary.

Caleb Crutchfield,  Braden Fromeyer, Zavier Pollitt, Angel Patterson, Lacey Nickell, and Abby Fox-Brockman were honored from Dayton High School.

Athlete of the month was senior Emma Donelan.

Artist of the month was Owen Overman.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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