School committee tackles issues for the future

With the Prestage plant south of Eagle Grove still expected to begin production in the fall, it’s hard to say how much change the C-G-D district will experience in population. One study stated up to 1,700 new students could come into the area, divided among area school districts.

“Obviously, enrollment’s going to be a big question for us,” said Dr. Bob Olson, superintendent.

During the 2016-17 school year, enrollment in the C-G-D district increased by 15 students. However, the 2017-18 school year saw a decrease of 23 students, 19 of whom open enrolled to nearby schools.

Over the last few years, Olson said the school has started considering what an addition onto the high school, and possibly moving the middle school to that building, could look like. However, with a decrease in enrollment, it’s hard to justify a need to build. But with the elementary school nearly at capacity, Olson said that if there’s a jump in enrollment this fall, the school will be looking to rent spaces in town for extra classrooms.

“[The need] will be visible then,” he said.

The elementary school is anticipating have full classrooms for pre-school and possibly a waiting list during the 2018-19 school year, principal Tricia Rosendahl said.

 

For more issues being tackled by the School Improvement Advisory and Advocacy committee, see the May 3 edition of the Monitor.