District sees slight drop in enrollment

School Board
Pete Temple
Express Associate Editor

While the drop in certified enrollment is less than it has been the previous three years, the Monticello Community School District did experience a drop of eight students from last school year to this one. 

That announcement came as part of a superintendent’s report by Brian Jaeger at the regular meeting of the Monticello School Board Oct. 28 in the Administrative Board Room. 

Jaeger said the district expected to lose more students than that, but move-ins and other factors kept the number low. Still, the district has lost a total of 96 students over the past four years. 

Also, in honor of National Principals Month for October, Jaeger took the time to acknowledge high school principal Joan Young, middle school principal Brent Meier, and elementary school principal Denny Folken. 

“I truly believe that the backbone of this district is these principals,” Jaeger said. 

In other board busines s: 

• The board approved both the intent to consider approval of the Instructional Support Levy, and setting the date for a public hearing on the topic for Monday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. at the district office. 

• The board approved having a single board meeting in December, to be held Monday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. rather than the usual 6 p.m. time. 

• The board approved the application to the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) allowable cost in the amount of $34,240.90. 

• The board approved both the list of 12 early graduation requests, and an open enrollment request. 

• As part of the consent agenda, the board approved Change Order #003 from Portzen Construction in the amount of $115,785.55, relating to costs of construction of the new middle school. 

• As part of the consent agenda, the board approved the appointments of Daniel Pike as assistant varsity wrestling coach, Brian Kramer as middle school wrestling coach, Dustin Coufal and Tyler Shulista as volunteer high school wrestling coaches, and Susan Walker as food service employee. Also approved was the amendment of Stephanie Leytem from food service employee to satellite kitchen manager at the middle school. 


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