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Trimble enrollment expected to decrease in next ten years
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:00 AM
Enrollment at Trimble County Schools is expected to decrease over the next 10 years, according to projections.
Bob Waggoner with Ohio Valley Education Cooperative Financial Services told school board members Tuesday that more people in the area will be aging into the 65-plus category and there will be fewer residents in the 5 to 19 age range, according to numbers released by the Kentucky Data Center.
"The population of this county ... is going to age," Waggoner said.
The number of children continued to increase overall during the past decade, but the population over the age of 65 has increased at a greater rate. Children ages 5 to 19 made up 22.1 percent of Trimble County's population in 2000, but the same age range made up 20.9 percent of the population in 2010.
Trimble County had an increase of racial diversity in the school district over the past decade.
"As we move to 2030, your student population is going to be more diverse than it is today," Waggoner said.
Taking prior projections as well as Trimble County census information and live births into consideration, Waggoner told board members that the enrollment numbers will fluctuate over the years. Projections estimate a decrease of students for at least the next four years before a slight increase. Projections show a decrease of 42 students by the 2022-2023 school year.
"The further we get away, the fuzzier (the projection) gets," Waggoner said, but projections have been quite accurate over the years.
School board members also heard updates on the district's construction projects.
Stan Klausing with Scott-Klausing and Co. of LaGrange gave reports on the high school roofing projects and the district's athletic fields project.
Klausing said the low roof was nearly completed, with only a few punch list items left to finish.
Architects still wait for reports on the gym roof before moving forward with the second half of the roofing project. Construction workers found structural deficiencies in the roof panels when they began to work on the roof, which brought the project to a halt earlier this year.
"We're awaiting a report from the insurance company," Klausing said. "I'm not ready to make a recommendation."
The report should show architects and construction workers how much structural damage has been caused by the shifting of the roofing system.
"There is no imminent danger," Klausing assured school board members.
He described the roofing system as having a "band-aid" that currently holds the roofing system in place. After taking off several layers that make up the gym roof, construction workers could potentially fall through the roof panels.
"It didn't appear to be that bad in the beginning," Klausing said of the separated panels. "It's had to have shifted toward the gutters."
Klausing expects a report from the insurance company within the next few weeks.
In other business:
Bedford Elementary Principal Debbie Beals gave reports of recent events at the school. The school hosted a Veterans Day program and held a Kindergarten Thanksgiving program within the last two weeks. The school also hosted conferences and events with several area school administrators and staff recently.
"We've been busy," Beals said.
Board member Scott Burrows said he had received and heard a lot of praise from other surrounding county employees about the building, décor and entertainment during events.
Trimble County Middle School Principal Mike Genton gave reports on several activities at the school, including the book fair and new student response systems being used by teachers.
Genton told school board members that the school had been participating in college prep events like college visits and a "Reality Fair" that simulates managing money and careers after graduation.
"I think it was an eye-opener for a lot of students," Genton said.
The middle school also hosted a Veterans Day program.
"It was probably one of the best ones we've ever had," he said.
Trimble County High School Principal Rachael Adams told school board members they might hear about a new initiative at the high school that will require students earning zeros in class to attend after-school detention.
"Zeros kill your grade," Adams said. "We need to prevent that from happening."
Adams said the program hasn't been implemented yet, but she plans to speak with students soon about it.
Adams also said the high school took part in the Reality Day and hosted a Veterans Day program. The high school hopes to expand the Veterans Day program next year to host a breakfast for all veterans who attend.
Assistant Superintendent Jessica Wilcoxson reported that two students dropped out of school in October, bringing the drop-out total for the 2012-2013 school year to four.
Wilcoxson also told school board members that the closure of the Hostess Brands company had affected the schools because the district held a contract with the company for bread. Angela Adkins, the district's nutrition director, has already begun finding new bids for a bread provider.
Guess that means the school tax will be going down in the future: less students = less taxes needed, right?
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