Sandusky Schools gaining students

Enrollment grows for second year in a row
Alissa Widman Neese
Aug 19, 2014

 

widman@sanduskyregister.com

Sandusky Schools kicked off the 2014-15 school year Monday with exciting news — its student body is still growing.

For the second straight year, the district is projecting a significant increase in enrollment, according to figures released at a Monday school board meeting.

About 100 additional students enrolled in the district this year for a total of about 3,400 students, up from 3,301 students at the same time this past year.

The figures indicate a 3 percent enrollment increase.

"This is very exciting," school board president Tom Patterson said. "There is no stronger vote of confidence than for parents and students to select our schools as educational institutions of choice."

Until this past school year, enrollment at Sandusky Schools was on a downward spiral, decreasing by more than 1,200 students overall in a 13-year span.

In the 2012-13 school year, enrollment bottomed out at about 3,080 students.

In a Monday news release, superintendent Eugene Sanders attributed the second year of growing numbers to several key factors district-wide:

•Embracing a culture of customer service.

•Forming a Retention and Recruitment Committee to encourage parent and student feedback.

•Hosting a Parent Summit.

•Implementing the district's Transformation Plan.

In addition, board member Kate Vargo cited the district's strong academic programs as another key recruitment tool.

"We want to continue our retention and recruitment efforts, and look forward to continued growth," Sanders said.

Sandusky Schools will submit its official enrollment numbers to the Ohio Department of Education the first week of October, and the figure released Monday is expected to slightly increase, Sanders said.

 

Community meetings planned

As enrollment at Sandusky Schools continues to increase, officials agree feedback is key.

They plan to host a series of community meetings this fall regarding the district's Transformation Plan and proposed bond issue, and they're encouraging everyone to attend.

The district is proposing a 3.94-mill, 37-year bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot to fund two new school buildings and other district improvements.

The first meeting will be Sept. 3 at Hancock Elementary School, Sanders said.

A complete list of community meetings will be available later this week, and meetings will likely take place at each of the district's school buildings, as well as other public venues, he said.

Comments

DickTracey

Of course it is! It's a no brainier for baby Momma's to send their litters to. Free breakfast and lunch! Woohoo!

That means momma can use her child support money to go clubbing instead of giving out lunch money.

yea right

You're partially right. They don't get child support. Daddies don't work. He is out with his b***hs making another unwanted child or two. They live off drug money and food stamps. Once the fat baby momma is pregnant they move on. You can thank the gangsta life for this. Its all over the place

SamAdams

Maybe they haven't heard yet that, along with all of the free meals and assorted other goodies, birth control is free now, too!

(Actually, birth control has ALWAYS been free -- the package it comes in is usually marked "SELF control.")

mamaoftwo

Kids from low income families in EVERY DISTRICT already receive free breakfasts and lunches. That has not changed. I don't understand why all of Sandusky now has free breakfasts and lunches, but this change only affects families whose incomes were previously too high to qualify for free or reduced lunches.

sugar

Exactly, free food, free efucation, free housing, PIPP HEAP EIC. It's Florida on spring break!

Justme...

You people are horrible.

yea right

Hahaha. Open your eyes

knowitall

Yes they are! Actually, I had a better word but it would not be nice. And the SR might have not published it.

yea right

Aww what's the matter miss knowitall. Someone else knew more than you. Its fact live with it.

knowitall

You seem to paint everyone with the same brush. That is ignorant thinking. Sure some are like that. Give me facts....percentages, actual numbers before you bloviate. Otherwise, what you say is nothing but bull squat.
Lol. There are lots of folks who know more than me. Not sure what that number is though. It seems you aren't however.

Licorice Schtick

Posting hate is a favorite pastime for insecure racist trash. It makes them feel superior; they have trouble finding people to look down on.

deertracker

You are wrong as usual. Some of you just try to be as nasty as possible with your comments. You guys sound so ridiculous plus you are factually incorrect!

knowitall

Deertracker...they don't use facts. They just dip the squalor out of their head and think it is something worthwhile.

WeThePeople1965

Yeah, I'd like to see some of these people say these things to peoples' faces.

knowitall

I think the conversation would be more civil......maybe not. Some seem so entrenched in their thinking that they are not open to others views.

yea right

I am a civil person. I also speak the truth. Sorry it is hard for you to understanding.. Where in my statement did I say the whole city. Really. You self centered egotistical I'd 10 ts really need to get a life. Wake up BTW fat mama I to have a degree. So what.

WeThePeople1965

Just because it's apparently 'the truth' doesn't mean that it has to be voiced. Instead of looking like an arsehole, keep your thoughts to yourself. 'Fat mama' is totally inappropriate.

yea right

Its called freedom of speach. Something I helped protect. And if truth hurts than change.

knowitall

You sound pretty civil to me. Lol. Read your posts and see if they sound civil.

to should be too.......what is your degree in?

yea right

Wow you must be perfect. I am on my cell phone damn autocorrect .. I have a degree in management if you must know. Funny how all you can do is nit pic.

knowitall

I agree on that auto correct. I am no where near perfect. I don't like to nit pik unless I see comments that are very nasty and denigrating to people and groups of people you do not even know.
I will make you a deal. You don't denigrate and I won't nit pik or denigrate when you or I comment to each other. Are you in?

sugar

The truth is utterly painful. What moron said ; even if it's true you don't have to say it? It is my taxes paying for the freebies, I'll say it. Picking at people is a diversion, this city is full of self centered baby mommas.

deertracker

Feel free to move.

debraeckhardt

I was not a welfare mom but my kids attended the Sandusky Schools and now my granddaughter who is 4 is in Sandusky City School. I think its a good system and I think people are getting the wrong image of it. I'm ok with the breakfast and lunch program because it will benefit alot of children, not only low income. At least they dont have to rush in the morning they can get to school and have a good meal. Take it easy on people. You dont know their circumstances. Yes some do abuse the system but lets not make it sound like it's everyone.

deertracker

Right! That is their intent. Horrible is an understatement.

mamaoftwo

It never fails to amaze me the hateful comments that people write about anyone living in Sandusky or attending Sandusky schools.. Anyone who thinks that Sandusky families are all or even mostly the way others have described above are just hateful people spreading lies. The fact is that there are many great families who CHOOSE to live in Sandusky and CHOOSE Sandusky schools over other area districts.

My husband and I both have college degrees, and elected to move to this area and settle in Sandusky. We selected SCS after visiting most of the other districts in the area. The other districts I'm sure are excellent, as well, but NONE could provide my children with a better education than SCS, and this has proven true as the years have gone by. Even before the opening of the full time gifted academy, Sandusky provided specialized services from Kindergarten for my child (other districts wouldn't even test until 2nd grade at the time).

And for my other child, who tests above average but below gifted, all of her teachers have happily adjusted her curriculum (and others in her regular classes) to meet her needs.

Sandusky has excellent teachers and staff, well supplied classrooms and technology, and rigorous education. Not only that, the vast majority of students are kind, helpful, and working hard - just like in any other school district. And the vast majority of parents are working hard as well and doing their best to raise their children.

Sandusky has worked hard to bring forth a plan for coming years which will educate their students and train them so they are ready for college or careers when they graduate high school. Having a goal of not just a high school diploma, but training to either go to college or start working in a skilled profession right after high school is commendable.

DickTracey

Wow. You are college educated, you claim to be active in your school system that you love, but you "don't understand why all of Sandusky has free lunches and breakfasts".

Sandusky Schools qualified for the free breakfast and lunch programs this year through a recently implemented "community eligibility provision," which aims to help high-poverty areas provide healthy, wholesome meals to students.

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low income areas, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals.

In other words there are so many at Sandusky Schools that apply for free lunches, the majority, that instead of going through each individual application, the school filled out one app for the whole school.

No one on here ever said a negative word about the education you get, the teachers or the curriculum of the school. So save your breath bragging on and on about your own kids intelligence.

And BTW, your screen name tells us you have TWO kids, and you actually are married to their father, so obviously, you are in the minority, and we were not talking about you.

If you couldn't figure out "why all of Sandusky has free lunches" you should have just asked your "above average" kid to explain it to you.

knowitall

Dick.....you are one. Can you figure that one out? If you quit acting like one you might be a nicer person. But, your derogatory comments do not look good on you. Can you be nicer or is it just part of your makeup?

deertracker

Well, with a name like his, what would anyone expect?

Informed

Slightly off topic, but a parent doesn't have to wait until second grade to have their child tested in any district. They simply have to make an official request.

debraeckhardt

When my kids were in school, we actually took them out of Huron to send them to Sandusky. I will never regret it.

knowitall

True words mama of two. I went to sandusky schools and graduated from SHS. I think I had a great education with wonderful teachers. I went to a prestigious engineering college and held my own in the classes and relative to the other students due to my good high school education.
Some people are just nasty. They should look at the positive and quit denigrating the city, school,and students.

mamaoftwo

My whole point was that your statement that enrollment is increasing due to "baby Momma's to send their litters to. Free breakfast and lunch! Woohoo!" is obviously false. The families you are referring to have always had free meals. And they have free meals no matter what district they enroll in. This has no effect on enrollment.

I was trying to point out that Sandusky has tons of great things going for it, and tons of great families. Obviously you have not considered that families may be choosing to enroll in Sandusky because of the excellent education and wealth of extra curricular options it provides.

And, it is not uncommon for other districts in the area to have more students (as a percentage of their total enrollment) qualify for free/reduced lunches than students who do not. SCS is by no means alone in this.

sugar

Guess you've never lived near the former junior high schools when classes were over for the day, little darlings. No way in heck I would want my kids exposed to the filth, disrespect, fighting and pot/ cigarette smoking I witnessed. The school needs a police officer in the building at all times, what does that tell you?

SamAdams

Not to mention the ongoing vandalism as those precious little angels walk home at the end of the school day! And yes, unfortunately, I speak from MULTIPLE personal experiences.

santown419

Once again Sam Adams what experience. You are to old for school. It doesn't matter what goes on it from your experience. For so much experience you speak do much that's bs. Someone your age is bashing school kids that did nothing to you.

SamAdams

First, NOBODY is too old for school. Weren't we all lauding a woman on these pages not long ago who went BACK to school and got an advanced degree?

Second, you have no idea what my age is or is not.

And finally, I unfortunately live in an area where children pass by on their way to and from the bus stop or from a nearby school. And I've been REPEATEDLY vandalized as a result (including incidents that were witnessed by me, neighbors, or both).

You have no business calling BS on something you know nothing about. Who am I? Where do I live? Have I ever called the police about more serious incidents of vandalism? Have I had to deal with the expense of replacing damaged or missing items, in some cases repeatedly?

NOBODY here speaks of ANYthing but what they've experienced personally (with the exception of our resident plagiarist). You, too, speak from experience. Do you pretend that any and everyone who speaks to the only thing to which most can claim any expertise is a liar? And if so, does that include you?

SamAdams

First, NOBODY is too old for school. Weren't we all lauding a woman on these pages not long ago who went BACK to school and got an advanced degree?

Second, you have no idea what my age is or is not.

And finally, I unfortunately live in an area where children pass by on their way to and from the bus stop or from a nearby school. And I've been REPEATEDLY vandalized as a result (including incidents that were witnessed by me, neighbors, or both).

You have no business calling BS on something you know nothing about. Who am I? Where do I live? Have I ever called the police about more serious incidents of vandalism? Have I had to deal with the expense of replacing damaged or missing items, in some cases repeatedly?

NOBODY here speaks of ANYthing but what they've experienced personally (with the exception of our resident plagiarist). You, too, speak from experience. Do you pretend that any and everyone who speaks to the only thing to which most can claim any expertise is a liar? And if so, does that include you?

DickTracey

When the old FoodTown was in town, they had to hire police to stand in their lobby when Sandusky High school let out. The kids would go in and distract while others filled backpacks. FoodTown started letting one student in at a time, while the cop or store manager held their backpack in the lobby.

So, yes, sugar, I can imagine what it would be like to live beside the school.

santown419

No way in heck should your kids be exposed to your racist ignorant life but to bad sucker they don't have a chance in life because of baby mamma or babydaddies like you. And name one school around that doesn't have a cop there. Perkins also have a cop so what's your point?

Dcfred20036

I wonder if there is a corresponding decrease in Sandusky's Catholic schools, or has there been a baby boom in the area? I think it would be interesting to see what the story is behind the statistics, as Sandusky's population is not increasing according to census figures...

lc040103

I too would like to see the enrollment nos. for the other local districts. Is it possible we are getting back the students that left for Huron, Perkins, or Margaretta? Or are they new altogether?

Silent_Majority

Here is a stat & statement for ya... I don't exactly know what this all entails. Only because I have to get ready for a 12-16hr. shift. Just do not have the time to research but this was found on their web site.
Have a good day everyone..

Overall School Rating
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How is this determined?The overall school rating shows that Sandusky High School performed on average worse than many other schools across the state on OGT state exams in the following subjects:
Math
Reading
Science
Social Studies
Writing

mcddcm

There are problem students in EVERY district. Just because you supposedly have witnessed bad apples does NOT mean that the ENTIRE school district is bad. I can speak from REAL experience about Sandusky City Schools, as I attended from K through 12, and went on to graduate with honors from college. I have been employed 100% of the time since college and have done extremely well financially and otherwise. I also know lots of graduates from SCS that can tell you similar experiences.

Were there students like you describe in SCS when I was there? Yes! Did it affect me or any of my friends that attended? No!

Please stop the negative, blanket opinions of SCS. It does not help. I fear that it may even hurt some of the students. If someone is constantly spewing garbage about how bad they are and how bad their school is, it can hurt their morale. This can really damage some young kids. That's why I am posting to share my very positive experiences.

mcddcm

For all the people here who only focus on the negatives and think that SCS are horrible, here's yet another positive example for you that just hit the paper today:

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...