SUPERINTENDENT SCOTT SPEAKS…
1. Current student population- High School enrollment consists of 237 students; Grades 7 and 8 is made up of 140 students; and grades K-6 includes 306 students for a total of 683 students. Projected numbers for next year at this current time are about 265 students in the High School; 120 in the Middle School; 310 in the elementary for an estimated count of 695 students.
As we move closer to the summer break, I want people to know that the entire elementary building, including the gymnasium will be shut down over the entire summer. Due to the liability risks, we will have no staff or students in the building while construction goes on in that building. They will be working on kitchen changes and replacing windows and the outside wall on the primary wing.
3. Softball and Wrestling- There have been some really strong momentum driving the idea of adding both Softball and Wrestling. With the strong numbers trying out for our sports teams, I do believe the addition of these two sports would provide more opportunities for our students. While we are still trying to put the details of this proposal together, the energy from a large number of parents has been appreciated. We should know in May or June if this will be a go or not for the next school year.
4. Retirements- I would like to thank Teresa Oldenburger (5th grade teacher), Jane McCarthur (special education paraprofessional), and Vickie Westervelt (custodian) for their service to the district. All three ladies are choosing to retire at the end of the school year. I greatly appreciate their commitment over the years to the district and wish them all the best.
A lot is happening in the district. It is a great time to be a Manhattan Tiger! Please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or stop in for a visit if you have questions or concerns. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we finish the school year, I look forward to seeing you at the concerts and events.