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Official enrollment up
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It's official. The Platteville School District's official enrollment numbers were announced during the regular school board meeting Monday evening. According to Art Beaulieu, director of business and auxiliary services, the third Friday count shows an increase of three students compared to the official count last year. The preliminary enrollment numbers a couple weeks ago indicated a decrease of five students; however, the official number will be 1,460 students compared to 1,457 students last year.
Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center and the high school saw a decline in students. Neal Wilkins has 335 students this year compared with 345 last year. The high school includes 461 students this year compared with 470 last year.
Westview Elementary School shows an increase of 14 students, up to 198 students from 184 students last year.
The middle school sees an increase of eight students this year, from 470 students to 466 students.
It was also noted the district's summer school program was successful this year. There were 12 full-time equivalent students compared with nine last year. The district will realize $55,781 in funding from this year's program.
• In other business the board:
• Approved a number of resignations, transfers and retirements including:
• The transfer of Diane Paynter to the middle school administrative assistant position with an increase in contract time to year round with a salary of $34,905.20.
• Hired Leslie McDermott as high school administrative assistant for 40 hours per week (172 days) at a salary of $21,272.
• Hired Kayla Kastner as CARE program assistant at a rate of $13.60 an hour.
• Hired Katie Trumm as football cheer advisor at a salary of $1,104 for the season.
• Accepted Diane Paynter's resignation as high school junior class advisor, effective Sept. 19.
• Accepted Stephen Scott's retirement request effective June 29, 2012 and allow him to receive benefits per the 2011-2012 PESP master agreement.
• The board approved the second reading of the new grievance policy.
• Discussed a proposal by City of Platteville officials to amend project plans for TIF district #4 and #7 to allow the city to utilize positive tax increments in TIF #4 to be used in TIF #7. Beaulieu noted the proposal does not increase or change the original size, purpose or timeline of the TIFs.
TIF #4 includes the city's industry park, while TIF #7 is the downtown district.
A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3, and the Joint Review Board meets Oct. 17.
• The next regular board meeting will be Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in room 117 at the middle school.