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By Carmen Ensinger
Enrollment in the North Greene School District was down from last year by approximately 20 students from last year, but district officials are not too concerned.
“On the second day of school, we had 843 enrolled, which is down around 20 students,” Superintendent Mark Scott said at last Wednesday’s board meeting. “However, we had more students enroll the following Thursday and Friday, so they are still coming into the district.”
Scott said there are no students who are doing remote learning this year.
“There have been no students, that I am aware of, who have provided a doctor’s note, saying they have a medical reason to be on remote learning,” Scott said. “Everyone is coming in person as far as I know.”
Last year, the State gave parents the option of either allowing their student to attend classes in person or doing remote learning. During the second semester, North Greene paid for students to use the remote learning program Educere to take the burden off of the classroom teachers.
The district honored two long-time retiring employees with plaques. Becky Gilmore retired after 31 years as secretary at North Greene Elementary and Julietta Wingo retired after 24 years as a bus driver.
Athletic Director Brett Berry, who was hired as Dean of Students at the high school last year, was reappointed to that position again this year.
In other hirings, McKenzie Ackley was hired as a one-on-one special education aide at North Greene Elementary and Rachel O’Hara was hired as a mental health grant coordinator. A second mental health worker will be hired as well. O’Hara was actually hired at the special meeting on Aug. 11 when it was determined there was enough grant money for a second mental health worker. However, the second position has to be posted for 10 days. That position will be filled some time next week.
Scott also presented his tentative budget to the board.
“This budget is only tentative – I will have a final budget for the board at the September meeting,” he said. “Then, that budget will have to be amended due to all the grant funds that are coming in such as the ESSER funds. I have calculated these into the budgets, but it just depends on what the board chooses to do with some of these ESSER funds and what fund they come out of.”
Tentatively, the budget shows revenues for the coming year to be at $15,593,470 while expenses are coming in at $15,148,196, which shows revenue exceeding expenses by $445,274.