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August 7, 2013

Projected enrollment increase at Greater Clark good, presents challenges


After more than half a decade of enrollment decreases, Greater Clark County Schools announced an expected increase of 100 students for the new school year.

At Tuesday night’s board of trustees meeting, superintendent Andrew Melin said preliminary numbers indicate more students are in the district’s schools.

“Frankly board, our enrollment at this point is up. The past six years, we’ve had enrollment declines of over 100 students a year,” Melin said. “At this point in time, we’re going to be up we think at least 100 students. There’s been a big change we’re pretty proud of moving forward.”

While the increase in the student population brings in more money for the district, it also caused a couple of hiccups in the first week of school.

Amy Schellenberg, executive director for educational services, said the district’s initial purchase of 8,000 Chromebooks — computers for the district’s one-to-one initiative — included extra machines needed in case some were sent in for repairs.

But with a student population topping off at 8,022 in grades three through 12, she came to the board with a request to purchase another 430 machines.

She said the vendor they used to purchase the first round of computers, DDI Leasing, had a wait time of several weeks on any Chromebooks because of hardware issues. The district spent about $3 million with DDI Leasing.

Instead, they chose to purchase the computers from another company, Promevo, at a cost of $119,970.

The board passed the motion unanimously.

But Melin also said the increased student population may have caused some traffic headaches at schools for parents who pick up or drop off their students. He said each building is working to resolve those issues.



The board also passed two new policies to curb the use of unpaid days off from employees.

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