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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Colfax school count drops by 38 students


September 13, 2018 | View PDF

Colfax school board met Monday night and fielded several items in their second meeting of the new school year.

They approved the September enrollment report of 544.16 full-time equivalent students in the district, its lowest September number of the past five years.

Last year’s first count was 582, with 589 in 2015-16.

This year’s number comes in after a large senior class graduated and a kindergarten class of less than 30 students arrived,

“It’s not common, but it does happen,” said Superintendent Jerry Pugh to the Gazette later.

The board followed with approval of a list of new hirings: Maggie Davis and Shawna Kneale, assistant volleyball coaches; Mark Brown, assistant high school football coach and Phil Morgan, assistant high school football coach.

Volunteer coaches approved were Derek Holmes, cross-country: Morgan Willson, cross-country: Todd Vanek, cross-country: Erin Hooper, volleyball: Kindra Kneale, volleyball, Zack McBride, football and Scott Raynor, junior high girls basketball.

They also approved the resignation of bus driver Laura Getz.

The board then gave their nod to supplemental contracts for the year, extended day and stipends.

In addition, the board approved a student trip to the FFA national convention in Indianapolis Oct. 21-26, including an estimated $2,200 to send FFA teacher Michael Heitstuman. The students pay their own way.

Pugh then relayed an ASB report from absent student representative Kylie Kackman. Pugh noted results from the volleyball jamboree over Labor Day weekend, the football team’s comeback win against Freeman Sept. 7, cross-country’s meet at Northwest Christian and the ASB’s preparation for Homecoming week, the theme for which is “Back to the Future.”

Pugh also noted this is rush week for FCCLA.

“Kids have been busy,” he said.

The board will meet next Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.


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