Fayette school enrollment declines 10.20.2010

Written by David Green.

f.enroll.10.jpgBy DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s K-12 enrollment fell by 18 students from a year ago to 448, but the large number enrolled in preschool gives some hope for a rebound next year.

The decrease translates into a loss of about $97,000 in state support.

This year’s kindergarten class stands at an unusually low 19 students—17 fewer students than a year ago. Preschool enrollment grew from 18 last year to 31 this year.

The third grade class is the next smallest with 26 students—the only class in the 20s.

The school’s largest class—this year’s sixth grade—continues to grow, with four more members than a year ago to stand at 51. That makes nine new students in two years.

The freshman class also grew by four to 41, while the second grade, tenth grade and senior class each lost four students over the summer.

Open enrollment figures didn’t change much from a year ago, but the gap between those who choose another district vs. those who choose Fayette shrunk by two to 12. Twenty-eight Fayette students chose to enroll in other districts, while 16 students from other districts are attending Fayette.

WIND TURBINE—The supporting tower for the school’s wind turbine is scheduled to ship this week, superintendent Russ Griggs said at the Oct. 18 board of education meeting, and the turbine unit will ship the following week.

Excavation should begin next week in preparation for pouring concrete to anchor the unit.

Griggs is working with the Buehrer Group architects to enable the public to monitor the turbine operation via the internet.

“It’s going to be exciting, after three years, to see something happening,” Griggs said about the work scheduled next week.

CAFETERIA—Participation in the school lunch program has grown, said treasurer Kelly Bentley. A comparison was made between last February and September.

Start-up costs for the new school year came in at $11,000 less than the previous year.

Food service director Marilyn Kinsman is making a good effort to stretch the budget while maintaining quality meals, Griggs said.

ACCOUNTING—Bentley said that more than 200 accounts will either have to be created or altered to meet the state’s new “evidence based” accounting model. The plan is designed to ensure that state funding is going for classroom spending.

MATH—Defiance school administrators noted the success that Fayette Elementary School shows on mathematics testing and two Fayette teachers were invited to give a workshop in Defiance. Substitute teachers will be paid by Defiance.

EXCELLENT—Fayette High School maintained its “excellent” status through the state testing program.

TREES—Dan Seiler is planting trees on the school grounds at no cost. Two classes are interested in having trees planted as gifts to the school.

DONATIONS—The Christian Church Women Ministries donated winter accessories for elementary students in need. The Fayette United Methodist Church donated a variety of school supplies.

“We appreciate their contributions,” said board president David Brinegar. “It shows what kind of a community we have.”

The district also received an anonymous $500 donation for the athletic department.

TRAINER—Board members approved a contract for an athletic trainer at the cost of $17.50 an hour.

VOLLEYBALL—Adult volleyball games will begin Nov. 3 at the school.

RECOVERY—The board approved a “credit recovery” program that could help students obtain needed credit for graduation. Students are able to take a class via the internet in an effort to obtain a passing grade.

DRIVER—Dave Schultz was approved as a volunteer van driver to help with FFA trips.

LEAVE—An extended unpaid leave was granted to Kylie Rufenacht. She will return to work Feb. 1, 2011.

THANKS—Board member Kirk Keiser expressed his thanks to the community, the school staff and students, and board members for their cooperation, support and love during the illness of his son, Kellen, particularly during the past two months leading up to his death.

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