by Jay Brewer, Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
As the school year is about to start again, it is time to remember that progress comes in inches, not miles. We are very proud of the progress being made at Dayton Independent School District. Our elementary school has reached proficiency, our middle school had the highest academic achievement score among our river city neighbors, and our high school is projecting a graduation rate of 93%, up 7%. Last school year our district had the second highest percentage of increase in student enrollment out of the 173 school districts in the state as we increased by over 85 students. We are excited about our new partnerships with Gateway Community College and the dual credit opportunity starting for juniors and seniors this fall, as well as our new partnership with Children Inc. to establish a hybrid preschool classroom that serves students of working families from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM.
This month (Wednesday, August 26 at 5:30) our board will meet to set the annual tax rate. Last year’s rate was 108.1. We are excited to announce that the proposed property tax rate for this coming year will be 106.4. When was the last time anyone remembers our rate going down? This is great news for our community and we applaud the work of our city council and community members to GROW our city. It has never been truer that our city and schools GROW together!
We are excited about the upcoming school year and the opportunities to continue the great progress occurring in our city and schools! We greatly appreciate your continued support.