Enrollment numbers up for Grafton High School
Inter-district busing issues discussed
GRAFTON – Enrollment and students were among the topics of discussion at Monday’s regular monthly meeting of the Grafton School Board.
Superintendent Jack Maus informed the board there are 36 more students enrolled at Grafton Public Schools than this time last year. He said the biggest increase is at Century Elementary. There currently 403 students enrolled at the elementary school in grades Pre-K through 4. The largest classes are in grades K-2. There are currently 85 students in kindergarten, 79 in first grade and 76 in second grade. Maus said they added an additional section from four to five in kindergarten.
“We like to keep the teacher to student ratio around 20-1,” Maus said.
There are also four sections in first and second grade.
At Central Middle school there are currently 258 students enrolled in Grades 5-8 compared to 237 at this time last year.
At Grafton High School there are 261 students enrolled in grades 9-12. That’s down a bit from last year where there were 274 students in Aug. 2012. The main reason for the drop is the small class size in the ninth grade with only 55 students, compared to 75 last year.
Maus also informed the board about open enrollment numbers. There are currently 48 students enrolling out of the district and 25 students coming to Grafton from other school districts in the area. That’s a net loss of 23 students.
Enrollment is even more important this year as the state has changed its funding formula with more emphasis on average daily membership (ADM). Last year the state paid $3,980 for each student enrolled. This year schools receive $8,810 in ADM payments for each student enrolled.
Grafton loses the most students (25) to the Minto School District, with Drayton being the next highest, with 15 students enrolling there.
Five students who live in the Grafton district are currently attending school in Park River, two are going St. Thomas and one to Valley-Edinburg.
The board also addressed a concern of other school districts bringing their buses into Grafton to pick up students.
Maus said that in the past other district’s buses came into the district to get students, but stayed outside the Grafton city limits. That has changed recently with busses from other districts regularly coming into town to pick up students. Two districts in particular, Drayton and Minto have been coming into Grafton.
Maus said he’s been contacted by people in the community wondering why other district’s buses are in town.
“If they’re going to continue to bus those students, we’d like to see them find another way instead of driving their buses right down our main street,” Maus said.
Earlier this year the board discussed the possibility of ending sports co-ops with schools who bused students out of Grafton, but after much discussion decided it wasn’t right to punish students for a certain district’s actions.
Maus said he’s been in contact with the superintendents at Drayton and Minto voicing his concerns. The board chose to table the matter until the October meeting giving the Minto and Drayton school boards a chance to meet and discuss the matter.
In other business the board
• Approved the 2013-2014 budget. Projected revenue for the general fund is just over $9.8 million with expenditures just over $9.5 million. There will be a carryover of $345,762.64 for the 2013-2014 school year. The board also approved the activity, food service, sinking and interest, building and special reserve budgets.
• Approved the certificate of levy for the new school year. The school district plans to levy 60 mills for the general fund, 20 mills for the building fund, 28 mills for sinking and interest and 3 mills for the special reserve fund for a total of 111 mills totaling just over $1.2 million.
• Received netbook computers. The board intends to transition to paperless meetings. The first paperless meeting will be in October.