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Dayton Schools Receive Technology Funds, Clean Audit

At the Dayton Board of Education meeting, members and school leaders listened to an audit report by Daniel Damonte from Barnes, Dennig & Co.

Damonte reported that the district's audit was one of the cleanest he had seen and praised Dayton chief financial officer Trish Gosney for having all the materials ready for his review.

He noted that revenues were slightly higher than expenditures, and pronounced the balance sheets to be healthy.

The board accepted $7,247 from Kentucky Education Technology Systems (KETS), which the board will match. The district has not specified how the money will be used yet.

Dayton Schools Director of Student Services Ron Kinmon reported that attendance is up. Fifty-five students started the school year late and thirty-one have withdrawn from the district.

Superintendent Jay Brewer discussed a fitness court, which is being promoted by the National Fitness Campaign. The board approved a resolution in support of the idea. The City of Newport recently had such a fitness court installed, with assistance from ReNewport and St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Brewer said that he saw several during a visit to San Francisco and would like to see the school district lead an effort to bring one to Dayton, possibly near the riverfront.

Bret Neuspickle was sworn in as board member. He had previously been appointed to fill the unexpired term of another board member.

Sophia Halfhill is the athlete of the month. She is a four-sport letterman in volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, and track while still maintaining a 4.2 grade point average.  She also attends dual-enrollment courses through Gateway Community and Technical College.

McKayleigh Gonzalez is the artist of the month. She recently created a piece that depicts an eagle catching a flag before it hit the ground. It is entitled "Not So Different".

The cheerleading team was also recognized for competing recently at Dixie Heights High School. They plan on competing in January at Ryle High School.

Several students were honored as students of the month:  Kelsey Skirvin, Ashton Clifton, Trevor Ball, Jake Jarboe-Butcher, Shirley Lopez, Braylon gross, Penny Wear, Bradley Young, Ethan McKenzie, Meadow Overman, Alex O'Brien, Seanna McNulty, Isaiah Bell, Swayze Flannery, Aiden Clifton, Nevaeh Oliver, and Hailey McVey were students of the month from Lincoln Elementary.  

Kierston Reynolds, Madison Bridewell, Braden Fromeyer, Joe McGuire, Raelee DeBruler, and Autumn Medley were honored from Dayton High School.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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