School Board hears enrollment trends report

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HURON — Ginna Wallace presented a report on the RSP Enrollment Trend Study during Monday night’s School Board Meeting.

“Overall enrollment is stable, with the high school level seeing most of the forecast growth, peaking in 2026-28 with over 950 students,” Wallace said. “The middle school and elementaries have space for that projected enrollment to fluctuate over the next five years. As enrollment goes above 950 students in the high school, that is very close to exceeding capacity.”

Supt. Kraig Stienhoff said the board will discuss the facility report findings at the Sept. 25 Board meeting, to discuss possible Phase 1 projects.

Three area superintendents met with Huron Community Campus director Doug Pietz, Jolene Konechne and Steinhoff regarding the S.D. Department of Education CTE Collaborative grant.

“The grant was made possible by Sen. David Wheeler’s SB59 Bill,” Steinhoff said. “The three superintendents verbally agreed to complete and return superintendent and Board of Education support letters to be submitted with the Collaborative Grant.”

Stienhoff said they plan to have an intent to apply request for this grant at the next meeting.

Linda Pietz, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, presented a report on SLO (Student Learning Objectives) that target a student’s growth and mastery in different learning areas in teacher evaluations. The process to revise the SLO standards began last year in September.

Previously, 50 percent of the SLO was based on student mastery and 50 percent on student growth. The new. measure will be 25 percent on student mastery and 75 percent on student growth. To show growth you would expect to see an increased score for NWEA testing from spring one year to the following spring. “Many times these same students gain more than one year of growth,” Pietz said.

In his construction update, Business Manager Kelly Christopherson said the tennis court expansion is still behind schedule, “but hasn’t appeared to fall further behind schedule. The new target completion is Sept. 24.”

Christoperson said the district is still in talks to get a rubber surface installed on the track. The issue has been some deterioration on the outside edge of the track.

“The track repair project is also behind schedule,” Christopherson said. “If they don’t begin next week, it will be time for attorney’s to get involved. I’m not guaranteeing anything for next Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Stienhoff congratulated the School Board for earning the ALL Award, which is the Associated School Boards of South Dakota recognition for their dedicated service to the students of our district during the 2022-2023 school year.

He also congratulated members of the HHS Homecoming court, Tatum Peterson, Jaelyn Hamilton, Hamtyn Heinz, DaJai Claggett, Kelsey Schuchhardt, Ireland Hennrich, Antony Sorto, Kaiden Caudell, Ulises Mininstro, Cashton Caudell, Diego Aldrich and Peyton Bischoff. Coronation will be Thursday evening at Huron Arena. There will be early release for all grades on Friday for the Homecoming Parade.

Stienhoff also thanked Key Club members for helping to volunteer at the Kiwanis Pancake House during the S.D. State Fair.

A request to sell surplus property of band curriculum to Larry Peterson at Marshall High School was approved. Also approved was an advertising agreement between Slumberland Furniture and Huron Arena and Tiger Stadium.

Arts in Education Week is Sept. 10-16 and IT Professional Day is on Sept. 19.

The Board also approved 14 new hires to the district and two resignations.