Enrollment projected up at Cloverdale

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CLOVERDALE -- If registration numbers so far for Cloverdale Community Schools are any indication, the corporation's enrollment could be up around 40 students from the end of 2009.

CCSC Superintendent Dr. Carol Milner told the school board Monday school registration has gone well so far, although a number of students still need to register. At the high school alone, an estimated 30 to 40 students have not yet registered.

"We think these folks are returning, but there's no guarantee," Milner said.

However, Milner's estimate for each school is 451 students in the elementary (kindergartners count as half), 429 in the middle school and 416 in the high school. This estimate of 1,296 is up 42 from the 1,254 at the end of the spring semester.

Transportation Coordinator Rob Schroer was on hand with some good news of his own. The corporation received a 100 percent on its recent school bus inspection.

"The police really commended us on our cleanliness," Schroer said. "It's not easy cleaning a bus, especially inside."

"I'm really proud of that 100 percent," Milner said.

In personnel, the board accepted four resignations: Helen Holmes as high school custodian, Kelly Stevens as middle school instructional assistant, Bob Rice as high school earth and space science teacher and Laurie Gobert as middle school part-time nurse.

The board approved the employment of Stephanie Brubeck as high school earth and space science teacher and Megan Puckett as third grade teacher. It also approved the move of Julie Williamson from part-time nurse to full-time nurse.

The board also accepted 48 coaching positions in the middle and high schools.

A position of support for Indiana switching to the central time zone was also on the agenda, but the board took no action.

While Milner and at least one board member expressed the positives they see in the move, the support was not unanimous.

"Many mornings, we are wishing for another hour of daylight," Milner said. "If nothing else, the daylight savings time in the morning is worth a thought."

Board member Linda Mann went a step further.

"I feel strongly about supporting this," she said. "It's very disruptive and has been for a long time."

Fellow board member Tony Hacker, though, wasn't as impressed. He said he could see both sides of the argument, but was "not sure it is the best thing."

Milner said it would not be made an action item, but she would bring the statement back before the board.

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