Sibley East will have more students than expected


Enrollment at Sibley East Public School is expected to be higher than projected.

Superintendent Stephen Jones said in February, he conservatively estimated enrollment to be 1,171 students, and these figures were used to calculate the 2010-11 budget.

Actual enrollment, as of August 10, was 1,207 students, which includes 20 students who will be attend River Bend in New Ulm. Enrollment information was provided at the school board meeting Monday night.

“It may be higher than this,” Jones said. These enrollment figures do not include any migrant students, he said.

Sibley East Elementary appears to have experienced the largest growth. Elementary Principal Mari Lu Martens said that 13 students withdrew from the district but 39 new students have enrolled, which is an increase of 26 students.

Because of high enrollment, new students in Kindergarten and Grade 2 will be attending the Arlington campus because of the space shortage at Gaylord.

The three sections of Grade 6 in Gaylord have 27 students in each, Jones said. Sharon Marshall currently has 29 students enrolled in her Grade 5 classroom at Arlington.

There have been no new enrollees from the Brownton area, Jones said.

In other business, Senior High Principal Jim Amsden reported that there are six foreign exchange students enrolled for the 2010-2011 school year.

In other business, the Board of Education:

• Hired Dolsee Davenport as a fellow for Grade 2 in Arlington and Dawn Klaiber as the fellow for Grade 1 in Arlington

• Approved advertising for replacement paraprofessional positions. There are four openings, two in Gaylord and two in Arlington.

• Allowed Michelle Dahn, Jayne Ihrke and Stephen Jones to do electronic fund transfers on behalf of the school district.

• Set the Truth-in-Taxation public hearing for Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.

• Provided consensus of support for granting an easement for the Gaylord walking trail north of the soccer field. Attorney Tony Nerud asked that a more accurate legal description of the requested easement be provided before the school board takes formal action on the request.

• Received a brief update from Winthrop City Administrator Mark Erickson on the proposed fiber optic to home and farm project.