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Enrollment down slightly in OC schools

Enrollment down slightly in OC schools

Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 8:58 pm
By: Chris Menees Messenger Staff Reporter

 By CHRIS MENEES Messenger Staff Reporter Preliminary enrollment figures for the Obion County School System show a slight decrease for the 2009-10 school year. Obion County Director of Schools David Huss provided Obion County School Board members with an analysis of the preliminary enrollment figures during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night at Black Oak Elementary School in Hornbeak. The estimated system-wide enrollment of 3,848 as of Aug. 27 compared to the prior year’s fifth-month average daily membership figure of 3,903 indicates a drop in enrollment of 55 students. The system’s budget was prepared estimating an enrollment of 3,862. The final analysis provided by Huss indicates where the decrease of 55 students occurred by school and grade. The biggest decrease was at Ridgemont Elementary, which was down 48 students. Black Oak was down 10, Hillcrest Elementary added eight, Lake Road Elementary was down 22, Obion County Central High School added 42, South Fulton Elementary was down 14 and South Fulton Middle/High School was down 11, according to the figures provided for the board’s review. The enrollment figures do not include pre-kindergarten, which has an enrollment of 100, or 20 at each elementary school. Huss also noted there has been “a very, very smooth start of school” for the new school year and he commended all of the school system’s staff for their efforts. “My hat’s off to all of you,” he said. In other action during Tues-day night’s meeting, which was opened with prayer led by chairman Roger Williams, the school board: • Re-elected Williams to serve as chairman of the board, elected Brian Rainey to serve as vice chairman and elected David Lamb to serve as chair pro tem and Tennessee Legislative Net-work representative. • Approved a consent agenda that included a monthly per-sonnel report, monthly substitute teacher report and monthly financial reports/business activ-ity. The personnel report listed a leave of absence for Ridgemont teacher Amy Burcham; the resignations of Ridgemont cafeteria employee Kandy Morphis, Mary Spivey and Hillcrest teacher Paula Smith; and the hiring of Hillcrest teacher Demanda Whitmore. The substitutes approved for the month include Marion Pitts, Amy Baltezor, Sharia Hogg Armour, Shanna Shupp, Arnold Simpson, Linda Faulkner and Ina Orsborne. • Appointed board members Diane Sanderson and Fritz Fussell and supervisor of instruction Nancy Hamilton to serve on the Ethics Committee. • Approved the Extended Contract Program proposal for the 2009-10 school year. According to Huss, the total amount allocated to the school system by the state for the new school year is $66,200, down about $40,000 from the previous school year. In addition, all extended contract allocations for the current school year are being funded by the state through the use of federal stimulus funds. Published in The Messenger 9.9.09

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