I thought I'd take some time to update on development projects happening around Dayton. Arlington Properties has announced that they will be developing Tapestry on the River, a 263-luxury apartment complex on the east end of Manhattan Harbour Boulevard.
The Gateway Flats at Manhattan Harbour is another apartment development currently under construction on the west side of the Manhattan Harbour development at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Third Avenue. This is the first phase of Gateway Flats and it will have 74-luxury apartments.
Another exciting development that is moving forward is Redknot Homes' Pottebaum Point development at the corner of 10th Avenue and O'Fallon Avenue. This project will develop nineteen custom homes with some of the best views in the region.
From the City of Dayton, we are glad to announce that the cameras we requested as part of a Homeland Security Grant have been installed around the city. Also, the design phase for the Riverfront Commons Trail has been completed and is currently being reviewed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The design phase for the Sixth Avenue streetscape and Dayton Pike sidewalk projects are also wrapping up, and we expect to send these designs to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet this month.
The 89th Annual Bellevue-Dayton Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 28th. The parade will assemble at 10:00 AM with a 10:30 AM starting time. If you would like to participate in this year's parade contact Ann Sparks at 859-448-0665.
Also, on May 12th there will be a flower sale by the War Memorial on Sixth Avenue and Berry Street from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, just in time for Mother's Day. And the Dayton Eagles will be having their Rockin' on the Porch event on May 26 from 6:00 PM to Midnight.
Until next month,
It is time to stop saying, “It could have been worse.”
As this year’s legislative session has come to a close we can now put a recap on the impact on teaching and learning in our schools. The news for school funding is not good as according to the Louisville Courier Journal, when adjusted for inflation, per-pupil funding in Kentucky is 16 percent less than it was in 2008. It is time for our state budget to reflect our priorities to educate and grow our most valuable asset…our children.
For the past 8 – 10 years educators, students and families have been left saying, “It could have been worse.” Each year more and more is expected from our teachers and staff and funding levels continue to be cut or they lack in keeping up with the cost of inflation. This year we saw our teachers and staff advocating both in front of our schools and in Frankfort, not for additional funding, but to keep the funding and pension plans they have been promised and paid into. And yet again, our statement coming out of the session was, “It could have been worse.”
This legislative session has left our schools once again losing funding. For Dayton Independent Schools we estimate an overall loss of revenue for textbooks, professional development, preschool, gifted and talented, and extended school services to be $41,000. We are also expected to pay more for classified retirement in the amount of $11,600. (This amount will balloon overtime to be an additional $116,000) Our required salary step increase for years of service will equal about $60,000. The state did increase our SEEK money by 19 dollars per student, that equals around $14,000 in additional revenue. So when you do our additions and subtractions it shows our school funding for next year at a loss of $98,600.
The loss of these funds will reduce services for students and continue the slow drip of underfunding for teaching and learning. I ask that this fall and in future elections you ask candidates the following question:
How have you and how will you support Kentucky Public School education? 90% of Kentucky kids attend public school. 65% qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. If not our schools, where are they going to get the support, structure, experiences, and opportunities to grow up to be great?
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
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