Enrollment slightly higher than reported

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Noble says coordinator positions 'paying off'

By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. Superintendent Ron Etienne reported a correction to the total enrollment he reported in September, saying at a school-board meeting Oct. 13 the student population rose by five this year over last.

"That's a banner year for us," he said.   

Based on reports from each of the school systems, the News reported Sept. 28 the student population for all of Perry County had risen only one-and-a-half students from last year.

School officials are required to report to the state Department of Education the numbers of pupils in their buildings on a certain day each September. Those counts form the basis for state funding. This year's count day was Sept. 18.

"We're at 1,511," Etienne told the school board, correcting the 1,507.5 he reported previously, which was a one-student gain over last year.

Each kindergartner is counted as half a student in the reports to the state.

In her report to the board, Elementary Principal Laura Noble said a change they approved in August is paying off. Using stimulus funding, teachers Chris Hollinden and Kim Strobel were moved into positions as math and literacy coordinator, respectively, to help kindergarten through ninth-grade students in the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp.

"Already, incredible things are happening that wouldn't without their leadership efforts," Noble told the board. They and teachers "are having discussions about curriculum at a level we've never had before."

Junior-high Principal Brad Ramsey also had good news, reporting that 53 percent of the 25 eighth-graders who'd taken the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test passed, compared to a 41-percent statewide success rate.

The PSAT provides students an opportunity to get a feel for the SATs they'll take later.

The board adopted resolutions for next year's overall budget and bus-replacement and capital-projects plans and the budgets to support them.

They also learned of the resignations of Jim Meek as high-school boys and girls golf coach, Nick Weyer as girls sixth-grade basketball coach and Mark Rothgerber as girls eighth-grade basketball coach.

They also approved the employment of Lewis Anderson as high-school boys assistant swimming coach and Ashley Cooper as junior-varsity cheerleading coach.    

Board member Dr. Gene Ress pointed out that bans on the use of tobacco products apply to Legion Field and school parking lots.