Spring Updates

    1.     Current student population-  High School enrollment consists of 237 students; Grades 7 and 8 is made up of 140 students; and grades K-6 includes 306 students for a total of 683 students.  Projected numbers for next year at this current time are about 265 students in the High School; 120 in the Middle School; 310 in the elementary for an estimated count of 695 students.

    2.     No General Fund Levy Election Requested-  We have decided to keep the budgets for the 17-18 school year the same as this year.  The board of trustees decided to accept my recommendation and not run school levy election.  This is the second year in a row that we have chosen to not ask for any additional taxpayer dollars.  In addition the district was able to cancel our trustee election as two candidates filed for the two open positions.  Voters in the Manhattan School district will not be receiving a ballot for the upcoming school elections in May.
    3.     Building Project-  If you have driven by during the last few weeks, you have noticed a lot of dirt work being completed. Piles were created and piles were taken away!!  Once the base was all filled and packed correctly, the constructing of the foundation will began.  We will see concrete being poured sometime right after the Easter break.
    The first foundation work will begin in the middle school wing (MSW)and the gymnasium area will be next.  To begin with, you will more than likely see the most progress with the MSW.  Once the gymnasium foundation is complete, the delivery and construction of the metal building material will take place.
    We will also see work on sewer and utilities begin, shortly.  I have been asked by a few people what the construction was that happened on the North end of the property.  It is sewer line construction Bill Rider had installed to join his trailer park to the city line.

    As we move closer to the summer break, I want people to know that the entire elementary building, including the gymnasium will be shut down over the entire summer. Due to the liability risks, we will have no staff or students in the building while construction goes on in that building.  They will be working on kitchen changes and replacing windows and the outside wall on the primary wing.

    A reminder also that nobody is allowed in the fenced off area unless they have checked in at the trailer.  As production increases, we will be offering tours at times for people to witness the progress. 

    3.  Softball and Wrestling-  There have been some really strong momentum driving the idea of adding both Softball and Wrestling.  With the strong numbers trying out for our sports teams, I do believe the addition of these two sports would provide more opportunities for our students.  While we are still trying to put the details of this proposal together, the energy from a large number of parents has been appreciated.  We should know in May or June if this will be a go or not for the next school year.

    4.  Retirements-  I would like to thank Teresa Oldenburger (5th grade teacher), Jane McCarthur (special education paraprofessional), and Vickie Westervelt (custodian) for their service to the district.  All three ladies are choosing to retire at the end of the school year.  I greatly appreciate their commitment over the years to the district and wish them all the best.

    A lot is happening in the district.  It is a great time to be a Manhattan Tiger!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or stop in for a visit if you have questions or concerns.  You can email me at schauvet@mhstigers.org.  As we finish the school year, I look forward to seeing you at the concerts and events.

    Roll On Tigers!!

    Scott Chauvet