• Scott Chavet SUPERINTENDENT SCOTT SPEAKS…

    Open House Ice Cream Social
    There will be a lot of events going on in Manhattan on August 18th.  The traditional Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast, Potato Festival Parade, arts and crafts show, car show, etc.  Manhattan School district is going to add to this fun celebration by holding an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new building expansion project.  This event will take place from 2-4 P.M. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is going to provide assistance by passing out Ice Cream Bars!
     
    Once the ribbons are cut at 2:00 p.m. the school tours of the new building will be available. We will proudly show you the new classrooms, gymnasium, locker area, office and staff rooms, stage,  and new foyer area. We will not be touring the elementary remodel, as it will still have work going on inside and around the area.
     
    This project is wrapping up nicely. While there is still a lot to do before we are completely finished, the end is near. We should be ready to begin school September 4th with limited distraction and work left to complete. It has been a long haul, but the final product will be well worth the wait.
     
    When we began this process we stressed the district was growing quite rapidly.  Here is an example of what we were talking about. In June of 2015, before I began as Superintendent, Manhattan finished the year with 198 in the High School, 123 in grades 7-8, and 274 in the elementary K-6, for a total of 595 students. Since then we have seen the following at the start of the year:
     


    Year

    High School

    7-8

    K-6

    Total

    September 2015

    220

    132

    280

    632

    September 2016

    241

    141

    297

    679

    September 2017

    256

    122

    324

    702

    September 2018

    265

    117

    350

    732

     
    So there you have it folks, we have increased 100 students in four years.  I would be willing to guess the September 2018 numbers will be higher when we begin school, as we still have close to a month to add more students!
     
    When you look at the largest Class B high schools, according to last years high school numbers,  you see Libby at 351, Ronan at 330, Anaconda 318, Big Fork 288, Manhattan 265, Florence-Carlton 264, Huntley Project 261.
     
    I hope you take the opportunity on August 18th and stop by and see the new facility.  I firmly believe it will make both the established and new citizens of the Manhattan School district proud.  
     
    Roll On Tigers,
     
    Scott Chauvet
    Superintendent Manhattan School District