State of the Schools 2024 luncheon held


HURON – Representatives from Huron Public Schools, Holy Trinity Catholic School, Huron Community Campus, and James Valley Christian School presented updates to a gathered audience Thursday at the Huron Event Center.

Dr. Kraig Steinhoff began the discussion with a summation of the Huron Public Schools. Superintendent Steinhoff stated that the current enrollment is up to 2,980 across all schools, up from 2,949 at count day in September.

He noted that the school system has been growing consistently for the last 15 years, though current projections provided have stated that the system’s growth could plateau in the new few years, though he doesn’t agree with those projections.

Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau President & CEO Laurie Shelton filled in for Holy Trinity principal Michelle Schoenfelder, who was unavailable to attend due to teaching in classroom. Shelton noted that the school’s “Diamonds and Denim” fundraiser is Saturday.

Huron Community Campus director Doug Pietz discusses different educational options.

The next presenter was Doug Pietz, executive director of Huron Community Campus (HCC). Pietz noted that a consort of 24 would be completing studies with HCC this year out of roughly 80 students who take classes through HCC. He also explained the new early college program in partnership with Northern State University that will allow eligible high school students to take college level credits in their junior and senior years.

The final speaker was James Valley Christian head of school Jeremy Zajicek. Zajicek stated that JVC currently has an enrollment around 240.

He was pleased to report that the school has added an after-care program. He noted that the system has been consistently growing, gaining students from all over the country - and the world, as he cited one family that came to JVC from Norway.