Enrollment, expectations up for new school year

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 02:10 PM.

Her words embodied the sentiments of both principals. “It has been a busy two days. But we are off to a great start,” Johnson said. “The teachers are excited and prepared. The students have come in and left at the end of the day with big smiles. We are looking forward to a wonderful year.”

For freshman Luke Haines, who went to freshman orientation with his mom Lori Brownsworth, the new year is a chance to start anew with schoolwork. ““It’s a whole clean slate and this is where it counts,” he said. “Since we’re in high school, people think we’re a little more adult and people start treating us like adults.”

Haines began his adjustment to life in Franklin County the second semester of last year, moving here from a rural Iowa district that was fully wired, to the extent each students had an Apple MacBook with which they shared their schoolwork with teachers.

Brownsworth put it in perspective for her son. “It’s the old fashioned way,” she said as they reviewed his schedule at last week’s orientation. “It’s OK.”


Elementary school

There are right now three Kindergarten, taught by veteran teachers Barbara Bloodworth, Mary Williams and Valerie Miller, but with 77 students enrolled, six more than were in place last year when there were five Kindergarten classes, Bidwell said the school anticipates adding another class. The class size amendment calls for a maximum of 18 students per class.

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