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Certified enrollment up in WC

Numbers are stable and up, says Sherwood

October 23, 2012
Jim Krajewski ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Superintendent Mike Sherwood was pleased to announce that certified enrollment numbers for the Webster City Community School District grew by 11.55 students this year.

At Monday's school board meeting, Sherwood said that uneven number was calculated based on various types of enrollment. Shared students between districts, home schooled students with dual enrollment and others contribute a fraction of an enrolled student. Those numbers affect state funding sent to the district.

The total number of certified enrolled students is 1,572.55 for the 2012-13 school year. 68 students from Northeast Hamilton and 62 from Stratford are shared with the Webster City district.

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Superintendent Mike Sherwood, center, reported at the school board meeting that enrollment was up in the district. The district serves a total of 1,652.25 students, but 1,572.55 are certified in their enrollment. 50 students went out of certified enrollment, and 65 came into the district.

The board also approved 15 "mini-grants" from the Webster City Education Foundation, totaling $19,659.

The fourth grade team received $2,415 for LEGO education, the middle school band received $464 for Smart Music, sixth grade teachers received $1,050 for "Great Iowa History Play," the High School band director received $1,800 for drill, music and flag routine, Gary Scholtens received $375 for a classroom Jeopardy game, the Middle School music program received $705 for "Des Moines Metro Opera," the FCS teacher received $568 for family crafts, Elementary special education teachers received $1,100 for "Boost Up," second grade teachers received $995 for "technology itouches," the Middle School art teacher received $1,764 for digital cameras, a special education teacher received $2,513 for iPads, Title 1 reading received $1,596 for increased learning and technology, the High School choir received $250 for a jazz vocal listening library and $3,352 for music filing and storage.

Two grants were denied for the High School band, including $855 for band entry fees and $400 for a portable PA. One grant request has been tabled for High School special education teachers. Sherwood said they are currently researching that $36,850 request for smart boards for classrooms.

Sherwood thanked the application board for their time spent on reviewing the grants.

"I think it's just a, I say it all the time, but a real asset for our staff, for the district, for our students," Sherwood said.

He said many foundations put their money into scholarships, but the Webster City Community School Foundation was unique in its investment of money right back into schools.

The board also heard an update on the district's facilities. Sherwood said the High School addition is wrapping up. The surface of the High School track has been stripped and work is scheduled to begin on Sunday. A gas line leak that occurred during construction and a water line leak have both been repaired. New boilers have been installed in Jeff Gym and repairs to the High School and Pleasentview roofs have been completed.

Former Kendall Young Library Director Paul Dahl lodged a complaint during open comment to the board. Dahl said he applied to be a substitute teacher in the district last year and has not heard back on his application. Sherwood said he would look into the matter.

The board also set a new date for their next meeting. The board will meet next on Nov. 5.



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