School board reports increased enrollment countywide, down 24 students across Tahoe basin |

School board reports increased enrollment countywide, down 24 students across Tahoe basin

GARDNERVILLE — Enrollment increased by 191 students in Douglas County, bringing in more than $600,000 to this year’s school budget, most of which will be used for new hires.

According to a report given by Rick Kester, the school district’s business service manager, the increase will not bring a windfall to the district.

“We’ve had to hire 11 teachers,” Kester said at Tuesday’s school-board meeting. “That will cost between $550,000 and $600,000.”

However, the district’s three Lake Tahoe schools lost 24 students, amounting to 733 enrolled. The district has not experienced such low numbers at the lake for nearly 20 years.

During the 1983-1984 school year, the 726 students registered at lake schools were the beginning of a nearly consistent upward trend, which peaked at 942 students in the 90s.

At the district’s valley schools, the first, and seventh through ninth grades increased, creating a concern about lack of future space at Douglas High School.

“It’s possible to have 2,000 kids (in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in several years),” trustee Keith Roman said.

Kester assured the board, enrollment drops as students approach 12th grade.

In other business, school board trustees:

n Revoked the charter for the Sierra Tahoe Academy.

Members of the governing board of the school disbanded due to time restraints and lack of a school facility.

Because the disbanding was not in compliance with charter-school regulations, the board members revoked the charter.

n Heard Superintendent John Soderman say he is researching a short-term solution for providing more alternative schooling in the district.

“The alternative schools may be a school within a school,” he said. “My commitment is to have some recommendations before the end of the year.”

n Listened as Human Resources Administrator Norma Villa reported 82 employees left the school district prior to the beginning of the 2002-2003 year.

“No one left to go to another school district,” she said.

Of the 82 who left, ten went back to school to pursue higher education D compared to one from the year before D and the district terminated eight D compared to five from the previous year.

“(The terminations) show (administrators are) really starting to use the probationary period,” Villasenor said.

n Made suggestions to a funding proposal put together by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents and the Nevada School Boards Association, which would bring nearly $1 billion dollars to Nevada schools if approved.

A bill which will come before the 2003 Legislature will include a request to restore funding that was eliminated to balance district budgets.

It will also include an increase for supplies and books and pay and annual cost-of-living increases for personnel.

The next school board meeting is Nov. 12 at Kingsbury Middle School in Zephyr Cove at 3:30 p.m.

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