By Kathy Lynn, KOZY Radio
Why are Greenway resident students leaving the district for Grand Rapids and Nashwauk/Keewatin? That’s one of the questions Foster, Jacobs, Johnson, Inc (FJJ) analyst John Powers asked the Greenway school board to answer. FJJ completed a recent study for the district, projecting where the district’s enrollment numbers will be over the next 20 years.
Powers told the board that the number of resident students has stabilized. The total pool of resident students living within the district has grown. “Greenway,” he said, “has not benefited as much as it should have from that increased number of residents because, as you’re very well aware, your net loss to Grand Rapids through open enrollment has increased, as it has to Nashwauk/Keewatin.”
The study projected K-12 enrollment is expected to have a 2 percent growth each year over the next 10 years.
The number of resident children leaving the district has increased. Averaged over the last two years, 420 Greenway students attend Grand Rapids. Ninety Greenway resident students are attending Nashwauk/Keewatin. Powers said one of the problems is the district’s border.
“Once kids get here, they tend to stay here. Your kids, by the way, when they go to places like Rapids, they tend to stay there.”
Superintendent David Pace, attending his first official meeting as an administrator, told board members they are looking at their facilities and at programming, which he said are going to help Greenway keep students.
In other business, the board approved pay rates for the 2016/2017 school year as follows:
• Substitute Teachers: $100 per day
• Substitute Retired Teacher: $120
• Substitute Paraprofessionals: $10.20 per hour
• Substitute Custodians: $11.85 per hour
• Substitute Food Service Workers: $10.39 per hour
• Home Bound Instruction: $27.60
The board also :
• Hired Allison Scally as quarter-time elementary music teacher
• Updated the student dress and appearance code
• Approved the district’s long-term maintenance plan
• Approved election filing period for board director seats. On the ballot this year are directors Fred Tanner, Gary “Nels” Gustason, and Michael Williams.