In the minutes - DAYTON SCHOOL BOARD

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Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Joe Huether and David Bailey. With Huether and Martin absent Wednesday the board:

  • LEVY PROPOSALS: Discussed preliminary recommendation that a 4-year $1.3 million maintenance and operation levy be placed on the Feb. 14 ballot. Estimated cost per $1,000 assessed valuation is $2.31. Also discussed seeking a capital projects levy for technology. Other capital projects that could be placed in a levy proposal included high school gym bleachers, estimated to cost up to $180,000, asphalt playground covering, $40,000 to $45,000, and an irrigation system for the athletic complex. A cost estimate was not available for the irrigation system. There will be an open public meeting Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to get public feedback on the proposals. The meeting is in the high school auditorium.


  • PERSONNEL: Accepted the resignation of head high school track coach Shannon Turner. Unanimous.

  • DONATIONS: Accepted donations of an autoclave from Fred Crowe for the science department and a gym floor sweeper from the Booster Club. Unanimous.


  • SPECIAL ED: Larry Bush described the special education program for the board. His report included the number of students enrolled in the program. New this year is a job coach who helps students transition from school to job skills.

  • PROPANE GAS: Superintendent Doug Johnson discussed recent propane gas emergency in the gymnasium. The district is looking for alternatives or safe methods of using propane to heat water in the gymnasium when the heating system is not in use.


  • GEAR UP GRANT: Learned Dayton received a grant for the Gear Up program for seven more years, along with other schools in the area, including Walla Walla and College Place. Gear Up offers programs and activities to help prepare students for post-high school education. The grant is administered by Washington State University through the Harvest of Hope.


  • FOCUS ON EDUCATION: Johnson reminded board members that Nov. 14-18 is Focus on Education Week. Community members from Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce will visit schools during the week.

  • RESOLUTIONS: Approved resolutions for biannual payments on loans for energy and roof repairs. Unanimous.

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