by Alan McArthur
Likely to the disappointment of the majority of students everywhere, August means that summer vacation is almost over and school will be starting soon.
For several local school districts, the beginning of school is only a couple weeks away. The Platte County R-3 School District’s first day of classes is Thursday, Aug. 16, with open enrollment through Aug. 10, and new teacher orientation runs Aug. 6-7.
Platte County will have between 20 and 25 new teachers for the 2007-2008 school year. Of those new teachers, 10 to 12 are new positions, according to Mike Reik, assistant superintendent.
There have been quite a few construction projects for Platte County over the summer including expansions at Barry School and Siegrist Elementary.
New improvements for the district include a wireless computer lab at Barry School. According to Reik, the lab consists of 30 laptop computers in two carts on wheels. The computers can be used in any room in the school because of wireless access points, which were installed throughout the building.
“Technology is always changing and we’re always trying to keep up,” said Reik.
Hours for the high school are from 7:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. The Platte City Middle School has classes from 7:55 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. and the elementary run from 8:55 a.m. to 3:55.
The estimated enrollment of students at Platte County was around 2600 and an increase of between 100 and 200 students is expected this year.
The Park Hill School District will start classes on Wednesday, Aug. 15 with new teacher orientation from Aug. 3 through 9.
For this school year, Park Hill will have a total of 68 new teachers at its buildings.
Park Hill has done many improvement projects, including building a new early childhood education center, relocating the day school, enhancing the playground equipment at all of the schools and installing elevators at Renner and Line Creek School.
Classes will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2:38 p.m. at both of the high schools. Middle school classes start at 7:35 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Classes at the Plaza sixth grade center will go from 7:45 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. The elementary schools start at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
Each school has a back-to-school event scheduled before the first day as well as parent orientation days.
Park Hill estimates its student enrollment to be above last year’s 9,757 students.
The West Platte School District will commence classes on Monday, Aug. 20 and has a new staff orientation day on Friday, Aug. 10.
Five new teachers, an aid, and a nurse have been added for this year.
The high school and junior high holds class from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes at the elementary school go from 8:05 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Improvements at the district include the painting of the old junior high school building to better match the high school. The parking lot at the high school is currently being sealed with asphalt.
The district estimates around 654 students will enroll for classes this year at West Platte.
North Platte R-1 School District classes will begin on Thursday, Aug. 16 after teacher in-service days on Aug. 14 and 15.
According to Francis Moran, superintendent, the R-1 school district has added five or six new teachers this year.
The district has also conducted routine maintenance on its buildings over the summer. However, they are still attempting to work with the city of Dearborn to build a concession stand and replace some benches at the school’s ball fields.
Moran expects enrollment for the school year to be around 710 students.