It’s election season again, and Dayton’s voter turn-out numbers were down last election; only one-third of registered Dayton voters actually showed up to the polls and voted. Here are some reasons to get out there this time and vote on November 6th.
• So they listen to Dayton! State government pays attention to which cities vote and which cities don’t. Just like the old adage “the squeaky wheel gets the grease’, cities with high voter turnout get more attention from state government. Vote November 6th and let them know Dayton is awake and watching!
• Because we live here! Local politics influence all of the decisions that have a direct influence on our day-to-day lives, from the laws we’re most worried about abiding by, to the streets we drive on, the storm water that floods our basements or the abandoned houses that blight the town.
• To reduce voter apathy! While voters may care about the issues, especially national ones, participation in local voting continues to decline. In 2011, less than 21 percent of cities' voting-age population cast ballots, compared to an average of 26.6 percent in 2001.
• So our representatives actually represent us! Generally, before a law is passed it must be voted on at your state Senate and state House of Representatives before your governor decides to approve it, veto it or allow it to pass into law. This makes it extremely important to consider and vote for who your local elected officials will be, so that they will vote on your side.
• To hold your local government accountable! Our local officials are elected to represent the majority, and when a large fraction of the electorate fails to vote, bias can be prevalent. Increases in voter turnout at a local level can improve minority representation in city councils and the passing of laws that are more reflective of how citizens feel.
• To keep us safe! Our local elected officials decide how our public safety is managed and paid for. Our elected public servants use our property tax dollars to make big budgetary decisions that influence our local communities.
Submitted by: Beth Nyman
Source: Kip, Becky. "Voting for Mayor is More Important than
Voting for President”. www.thehill.com, October 2016
There are a lot of great things happening in Dayton! I hope you noticed the planters on the new decorative street lamps along Sixth Avenue. Public Works did an excellent job getting them up before Beyond the Curb.
The Beyond the Curb Tour was a great success, with 577 attendees. It was a fabulous event that showcased all of the wonderful things happening in Dayton. I want to thank all of the volunteers, businesses and organizations that helped make this a success.
Our next big event will be the Taste of Dayton on Sunday, October 14 from noon to 6 PM. We will be closing Sixth Avenue from McKinney Street to Berry Street. There will be six bands on two stages, food from our local restaurants, and our retail businesses and vendors will be joining in with arts, crafts and more and a lot of fun for the whole family!
There’s also a lot of development news happening. Tapestry on the River, the 263 unit luxury apartment complex, to be located on the east end of the Manhattan Harbour project has closed on the property for the development. A groundbreaking for the Tapestry on the River should be announced soon.
Along Sixth Avenue, there are several rehab projects underway including 201 Sixth Avenue, the old Smitty’s Bar, which will be the new larger Avenue Pharmacy, and 620 Sixth Avenue, which is undergoing a top to bottom rehab with two high-end apartments, and an approximately 900 sq. ft. retail space.
Our Riverfront Commons Trail project continues to move forward. We expect to begin with the western portion of the project, a riverfront trail from O’Fallon Street to Berry Street. The second phase has just been awarded a $810,000 grant from the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments to complete the trail from Berry Street to Clark Street. Lastly, Halloween Trick-or-Treat will be on Wednesday, October 31, from 6 PM to 8 PM. Be safe!
Until next month,
The Fall Paving contract has been executed with Bluegrass Paving. A date for them to perform that work has not been penciled into the schedule yet, but it will likely occur sometime in October.
KZF, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the City resolved some issues that delayed the bidding of construction for the first phase of our portion of the Riverfront Commons Trail. Bids for construction will go out in October and we will likely accept a construction bid at the November or December Council meeting.
NKADD has submitted the “Goals and Objectives” section of the draft Comprehensive Plan to the committee for final review and comment. Next week the group will either set a date to meet one last time to make any changes, or move straight to scheduling a date for a public hearing so citizens can comment on the report before being finalized.
Hillside slippage on Dayton Pike was fixed this week. The owner of the property has installed some barricades to hold the land back. We will continue to monitor the site to make sure conditions do not deteriorate.
The 270 unit Tapestry project at Manhattan Harbour is in the process of closing and we expect construction to begin pretty rapidly in October.
The City of Dayton is working on the scope with a firm for the Right-of-Way step in the sidewalk bump out project and path along Dayton Pike. We are eager to get this project underway and move into construction this coming spring.
Michael Giffen, City Administrator
Please join me in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of Austin Klosterman, who has been named as the Dayton High School Athlete of the Month. Aside from being a 3 sport letterman, Austin attends Gateway Dual Credit classes.
Austin had 105 yards rushing on 11 carries and a TD, 3 receptions for 124 yards and a TD, one which was a 90 yard reception. He also caught an interception. Austin was selected as a team captain and is on the leadership committee for football team.
Austin also serves as the student rep for Board of Education meetings and he is part of the Drug Free Club. Austin is dependable, hard-working and dedicated. He is a wonderful addition to everything in which he takes part.
Submitted by: Barbie Case-Lukens
Athletic Director, Head Boys and Girls Track Coach
We continue to be proud of the great work that our students, teachers, and staff are involved in every single school day while inside and outside of the classrooms at Lincoln Elementary School. Our teachers and staff members continue to provide the best learning opportunities possible for each of our students inside their dynamic classrooms. These same amazing individuals also put in countless hours after school and on weekends providing our students with extra-curricular and sports opportunities. We thank our teachers and staff members for their dedication in providing our students with the best elementary school experiences possible.
The LES students are each working hard to learn and grow. Students have just completed their first round of MAP tests, and are working toward meeting their first quarter AR goals, completing assignments and studying hard for their weekly assessments as the first quarter ends on Friday, October 12th. Many of our students are also involved with the multitude of “extra” opportunities offered after school hours. The following groups are already up and going at LES: Chess Club, Cross Country, Chorus, Girls on the Run, STLP, 21st Century Program, Gardening Club, The Kind Hearts Club, and Student Council. More teams and clubs will be beginning in the very near future, too. We are proud of our little devils!
We would like to thank our LES families, community members, and staff members who supported our annual mumkin sale. It was another very successful year of sales. Proceeds raised will go directly into the student activity fund, which provides our students with continued educational resources, learning opportunities, and programs throughout this school year. Mumkin pickup is set for Saturday, October 6th.
Below you will find important upcoming events for Lincoln Elementary. Please continue to find important school information in our school newsletter, on our Facebook page, website, and electronic school marquee, in your child’s Monday folder, and in the Dayton Community News. It is important to us that you feel well- informed and involved in your child’s education. Please reach out to us with your needs, questions, or ideas.
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
Upcoming LES Events:
October 12th – Last day of the First Quarter
Week of October 15th – Fall Break
October 24th – SBDM meeting @ 4:00 pm in the LES Parent Room
October 25th – Parent/Teacher conferences from 3 – 7 pm
November 2nd – PTC Fall Festival from 6 – 8 pm
How do you measure the worth of a school?
One thing you can count on is the way we measure the worth of our schools will change. In my 27 years of education, I have seen schools labeled, classified, ranked, and sorted by data gathered from student test results, student achievement in classrooms, and graduation rates. In this time, I have been a part of a team that earned the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, and been a part of a team that elevated schools labeled as low performing and were under state assistance. I have seen schools rewarded cash bonuses for student success, (remember the 90’s), and I have seen schools audited for failure to produce high test scores.
One thing that I have learned along the way is that great teachers and great staff members can be found everywhere. I have worked in three different school districts, (Ludlow, Fort Thomas, and now Dayton), and I can honestly say that I have found many, many, many outstanding teachers and staff members in all three districts. I can also say that I have worked with many, many, many wonderful students and families in all three districts. I can say that all three districts have amazing strengths, and their own unique challenges.
It would truly be very difficult for me to say, “Which one is the best?”, if you mean “best” to be the one district that does the most for their students and families they serve.So, how do we determine the worth of a school? I know some folks want to make schools like businesses and measure the end product. We know the challenges with this theory, as not all schools and not all communities are equal in demographics, resources, and opportunities. We also know that humans are much more complex than “widgets” produced in an assembly line. Some folks want to make schools like sports in which points are earned and rankings are made. Sports are created with the idea that you are going to compete against an opponent.
Recently, I read a report on school assessment in which it noted that one school dominated other schools in the area. I would like to believe that with schools, we don’t look at other school districts as opponents, but as allies in making all students great. We are now approaching a time in which the schools will be on a star rating system, similar to that of a hotel or restaurant. As long as we continue to force schools to model sports and business practices, we will continue to have false reporting, misleading data, confusing report cards, and ultimately, a rating system that undermines the true purpose of schools.
Teachers have students. Doctors have patients. Coaches have athletes. Businesses have customers. All of these groups serve different roles, responsibilities, and relationships and we should not try and make them the same.
Now, more than ever, I am deeply concerned with the thought process of many of today’s politicians at the state and national level that have made our schools and our school children pawns in the messy and ugly world of politics. Too much emphasis is now being placed on “winning” rather than doing the right thing. We need to take politics out of schools and all come together to put Kids First. As adults, we must act like adults, and make responsible decisions that allow for all students to have equal access and opportunities to the American Dream. We owe it to our children to put them first. Their worth is immense.
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
We greatly appreciate the work of our new School Resource Officer, Officer Mark Fielding.
Today, a student showed her appreciation by giving him his very own Greendevil doll! We greatly appreciate Officer Fielding and our city of Dayton for collaborating with us to protect and serve our students and staff.
Submitted by: Superintendent Jay Brewer
“Fall” Into Faith
Fall is here and with the season comes cooler weather, pumpkins, Halloween, and beautiful falling leaves. We are blessed to live in a region where seasons change. With each season we are reminded that change is inevitable regardless of if we are ready for it or not.
Unfortunately, change can be scary. Not knowing what is to come can cause us to live fearfully, resisting the changes that are bound to come. Change, while scary, doesn’t have to be bad. Take the trees for example; summer slowly fades to fall, the lush green trees transform to beautiful shades of orange, gold, and red. Then, one-by-one, the leaves fall to the ground. Is this the end of life for these trees? Or is it an opportunity to grow into larger, more luscious trees next spring? The change of the trees from green to orange, gold, and red, to brown is simply a chance for the trees to extend their branches and grow in ways that they never could if the trees were too afraid of change to let their leaves fall.
Changing seasons is a reminder to us that, like the trees, we are always evolving, growing, and learning in ourselves. Change is undeniably scary. If we have faith that God has a plan for us and we trust in that plan, we will grow to see the bigger and better things for us on the other side of that change. Resisting change and growth will only limit us. Have faith and trust in God to guide us into the vision He has created for us. Allow your branches to grow and extend to new possibilities. Happy Fall Y’all!
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
The regularly scheduled October 17 FDBD Fire Board Meeting has been changed to Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Callahan Center. The public is encouraged to attend to witness the promotions of Captains Brent Schafer and Rob Duke, and Lieutenants Nick Scott and Mike Gullett. The fire department’s three new hires will also be introduced at the meeting.
Submitted by: Karen Strickley
Dayton Community News