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Enrollment up slightly


The White Hall School District posted gains in district enrollment with the start of the 2012-13 school year, Superintendent Dr. Larry Smith told the school board Tuesday night.

The average daily attendance for the first 10 days of the school year was 2,966, he said, an increase of 14 over the same period in 2011. Enrollment in 2006 was 3,142.

In terms of financial impact, the district will receive approximately $1.1 million less in revenue in 2013-14 than it would have with the 2006 enrollment.

Smith indicated district officials track enrollment daily to project trends in enrollment and to assist with staffing projections.

Three individuals were recognized for their contributions to the district at Tuesday’s meeting:

— Gail Massey, Moody Elementary School kindergarten teacher, was selected as the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year;

— Rieke Stewart, White Hall High School social studies teacher and coach, was selected as the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year; and

— Steve Brickey of Redfield is completing a five-year term on the board and did not seek re-election. He was recognized for his support and dedication to the district’s schools.

Smith’s report to the board included inquiries from the district’s worker’s compensation insurance carrier about the number, dates and times of claims filed.

He said actuary tables used to calculate policy rates take into account teachers are on a 190 day contract and work approximately eight hours a day. The carrier noted that three claims occurred during what are considered non-school hours or contract days.

The claims resulted in the carrier inquiring about district policy on staffers being on campus during nights and weekends. The carrier recommended adopting a policy after learning none existed. The alternative involves recalculating the insurance rates, which will be adjusted Oct. 1 based on submitted claims.

As part of establishing a written policy, the district asked principals collect outside door keys and staff members to “refrain from coming onto campuses outside normal business hours unless there is an unusual circumstance.”

Smith said Heath Bennett, assistant superintendent for personnel and finance, is meeting with the personnel policy committees for certified and classified staffers to establish the written policies.

Smith also briefed the board on new health insurance rates for district employees that go into effect Jan. 1, noting that salary raises often do not offset the increases in health care costs the employees have to pay.

In other business before the board Tuesday:

— The district’s annual report to the public was presented by Dorothy Welch, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology.

— Received a report that district athletic expenditures for the 2011-12 school year totaled $1.24 million.