School numbers are up for 2002; district prepared for new year
Enrollment numbers in the Baldwin School District are still expected to be up from last year, even though exact numbers are not yet known.
Baldwin Supt. James White said the district budgeted for a small increase in student enrollment, up 15 students from last year's enrollment.
After last Thursday's enrollment, White said there nine more students than last year.
He said according to the research Baldwin principals have done, the district is estimating 445 students at Baldwin High School, 325 students at Baldwin Junior High School, 440 students at Baldwin Elementary School, 102 students at Vinland Elementary School and 102 students at Marion Springs Elementary School.
White said total enrollment numbers are not yet known because the district is still contacting last year's students that did not make it to enrollment.
"We're still trying to figure out if these students will be with us again this year," he said.
Even with enrollment numbers up slightly, White said the district has no concerns about the number of faculty available.
"All our positions are filled as of right now," he said.
Facilities will not be a big problem this year, either, as soon as the two-classroom mobile unit the district purchased for BJHS arrives.
"It's taking a little more time than anticipated," White said. "We had to build a couple of frames to put under it to move it, which we weren't expecting."
He said the moving company hopes to have it in place by the Aug. 16 school start date, but there could be delays in moving the unit. White said details including getting moving permits for each county and removing road signs for the move could be some of the reasons for delays.
"Basically, it will be here when we see it arrive," he said.
As for the school year, White said he expects it to be a good one.
"We expect teachers to be excited and students to be excited to be back," he said.