Sidney school officials attempting to plan ahead for larger enrollment

School’s enrollment up by 83 students

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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 8:00 pm

Sidney school officials discussed Monday night tentative plans if projected enrollment increases become a reality and another school is necessary.

Sidney Superintendent of Schools Daniel Farr provided trustees with different school designs if another building is needed. “Just so we have footprints.”

Farr said if enrollment continues to grow, in order to meet needs “this middle school isn’t going to cut it.”

The probable location for the new middle school would be on property owned by the school district in the JD Subdivision.

Trustee Dennis Lorenz asked if the new middle school was created, would the existing schools be able to handle elementary students.

Farr said one plan would be to have fourth- and fifth-grade students in the current middle school. Since the industrial arts area would no longer be needed, there would be space for a cafeteria and multi-purpose room.

Then the other elementary students would be divided between West Side and Central.

Any building decisions would be based on how much of an increase enrollment occurs because of the subdivisions being created in Sidney. Farr said what happens with the Sunrise Village would be a good indicator.

“We don’t know if they (oil industry workers) are coming alone or bringing families,” trustee Dexter Thiel said.

Board chair Kelly Dey remarked about building decisions, “If we are conservative with growth, I think we will be fine.”

In other business during Monday’s building and grounds committee and finance committee meetings:

• Opening enrollment figures are 577 students in k-5, 296 in 6-8 and 415 in high school. Farr says it’s 83 more students than in May. There’s an increase of more than 13 percent in the high school.

• A greenhouse has been selected for the high school’s and will be ordered soon.

• Funding for the new football/track scoreboard is still $4,000 short. Farr plans to talk with some possible corporate sponsors.

• Trustees were given the completed final budget for 2012-2013.

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