(AUDUBON) Student enrollment is leveling off at the Audubon School District.
Audubon Superintendent Brett Gibbs said they are down 17 students this year. He said they had projected enrollment to be down this year, but it’s not down as far as they anticipated.
“Although, our numbers at the lower end are looking pretty good. This is the second year in a row we’ve brought in; we’ve had 46 five year olds and we have 37 kids in preschool this year which is an increase of 7 over last year. So, we think we’re kind of stabilizing at the bottom end,” said Gibbs. “The class this year will have 60 graduates, 4 of those are foreign exchange students, so technically 56 graduates, so we’re still graduating more than we are bringing in. But, it’s starting to level out.”
In other activity, Gibbs said they are working on a few projects as part of their three-year building and grounds plan. He said they plan to have the landscaping and playground at the elementary finished next summer and they will also be working on the exterior of the two buildings, including tuck pointing on the bricks, replacing the windows at the elementary for more energy efficiency and then upgrading the inside of the elementary building.
“Just things that need to be done to ensure the longevity of the building because we’re planning on being here quite awhile yet so we want to make sure our buildings are going to withstand the test of time here,” said Gibbs.
Gibbs said this year they tore down the old middle school, removed a couple of buildings that were previously used for Head Start, put in new windows and doors in the Ag and Art room building and the greenhouse was redone.
And, the Audubon School Board elected officers at their meeting Monday night. Mark Nissen was elected board President and Trish Nelson was elected Vice President.