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Lincoln Elementary in Dayton, Kentucky holds first day of class in renovated building

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DAYTON, Ky. - Wednesday was the first day of school for thousands of students in Northern Kentucky. 

9 On Your Side’s Anthony Mirones was in Dayton, Ky. to take part in Lincoln Elementary’s 60th first day of school.

For students and staff, it was their first chance to see what the building looks like after a $1.8 million renovation during the summer.

In addition to fixing structural issues with the building such as exposed pipes, the school also received some serious updating. Among the enhancements were a new gym floor that features the school's colors and logos and smart boards, which allows for a more “interactive experience,” according to Principal Greg Duty.

Duty said the renovations were intended to provide a new environment with a "fresh feel" that will improve the overall educational experience of both the students and the educators.

"It's all about the people in the building working with the kids and getting them to move along and to reach their fullest potential," Duty said.

He believes the upgrades will play a role in helping the children improve their in-class performances, something they’ve been doing over the past few years.

In Duty’s first year at Lincoln Elementary, the school’s testing went from the lowest 20 percentile of the state to the mid-50s.

He said the next step is to get the school into the top 30.

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