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August 15, 2013

Student enrollment increases for Wa-Nee

NAPPANEE — A preliminary report on early registration for the Wa-Nee school district produced some encouraging — and surprising — information.

The promising numbers were revealed during Monday’s session of the Wa-Nee Community Schools Board of Trustees.

During the spring the board was presented with attendance figures that showed a possible decline in enrollment. As of May 30, the number of students stood at 3,062 students. This number included students in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as students of The Crossing and participants in the functional skills program.

An informal tally conducted during the Aug. 6 early registration showed the total number of students expected to arrive for classes in the 2013-14 school year had risen to 3,077.

Notable trends were observed in an increase of incoming students at Woodview Elementary, along with a slight nudge at NorthWood Middle School and NorthWood High School. There was a minor drop in prospective students at Nappanee Elementary and Wakarusa Elementary. The jump at Woodview Elementary was attributed to having students in that district reassigned to their home district, after having previously attended Nappanee Elementary.

Nappanee Elementary may face some staff adjustments. Superintendent Joe Sabo explained that the incoming kindergarten class is particularly large, at 77 students, while the fourth-grade class has only 58.

In an attempt to ward off a situation where each of the kindergarten class sizes are too large, Sabo noted that it may be possible to shift a teaching position to the kindergarten level. That decision is expected after the next student count shortly after the school year begins.

Sabo announced that the first full day of classes for all Wa-Nee students is today. Parents will want to make note of the slightly different arrival and dismissal times for the five schools, as well as the Wednesday early release times.  

2014 budget timetable

The 2014 budget schedule is as follows: Advertising the budget, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28; a public hearing, Sept. 9; and adoption, Sept. 25.

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