STANTON — A decline in student enrollment at Central Montcalm Public School can be blamed on fruit — or rather lack of it.
A preliminary student enrollment count showed the district recorded 30 less students than expected for the 2012-2013 school year. This year’s poor fruit crop was mentioned as one of the reasons for the decline.
“The warm weather in early spring caused the trees to bloom, but then the frost killed many of them, causing a very small crop this fall,” said Board Vice President Bill Simpson, leading the meeting in President Doug Bowen’s absence. “We often see an increase in fall enrollment due to children of migrant workers. There was very little crop to pick this year, and they didn’t come as usual.”
The report showed kindergarten through 12th-grade class sizes ranging from 108 students enrolled at the second grade level to 151 students in the current eighth grade.
“We will have a better idea of specific classroom sizes at next month’s meeting,” said Simpson, noting Superintendent Kristi Teall’s absence due to a family medical situation.
The board also met in closed session to discuss a student disciplinary action and later reconvened and voted 6-0 to expel the male high school student for possession of a controlled substance.
“He is a new student to the district this year,” said High School Principal Tony Petersen. “This is the first expulsion for the year, and hopefully other students will learn a lesson from it.”
In other matters:
The Central Montcalm Public School Board also :
• Accepted the resignation of Mary Springsteen from her position of secretary, effective Dec. 31.
• Named Stacey Veltkamp as the junior class adviser for the 2012-2013 school year.
• Named Cheryl Stacer-McVey as a sixth grade camp adviser for the 2012-2013 school year.
• Named Jeff Trimper as a sixth grade camp adviser for the 2012-2013 school year.
*• Named Sue Barnard as the middle school student council adviser for the 2012-2013 school year.
• Approve Sheryl Sutherland for Bushnell Township, term to expire Dec. 31, 2015; and Kris Thwaites for the Village of Sheridan, tern to expire Dec. 31, 2016, as representatives for the White Pine District Library.