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It’s back to school on Wednesday for local kids

By From page A1 | August 27, 2013

Students will start classes Wednesday in the Davis school district — and it appears that there might (perhaps) be a small uptick in the school district’s enrollment.

“We had about 130 families come to the District Office over the summer and fill out  ‘intent to enroll’ forms,” said Associate Superintendent Clark Bryant, meaning those families had moved in during the summer and were registering their children for school. That figure of more than 130 families is a bit busier than a typical summer —  “usually, we get about 80,” Bryant said.

This small increase in the number of “intent to enroll” forms would be consistent with the pace of local home sales, which were bit more brisk this summer than in other recent years.

“Based on the information we had as of Aug. 20, we could be looking at about 60 more kids enrolling across the district this year at the elementary level,” Bryant said. “But it’s very difficult to tell how many students we will actually have until kids are in their seats, even through the first week of school. Over the summer, some families leave and don’t let the school district know they’ve moved. So during the early weeks of school we sometimes need to adjust our staffing at certain schools to reflect actual enrollment.”

Enrollment in the Davis school district has been pretty steady during the past five years, with 8,573 students in 2008-09, 8,561 students in ’09-’10, 8,507 students in ’10-11, 8,596 students in ’11-’12, and 8,599 students in ’12-’13. (Enrollment peaked at 8,827 students back in ’02-’03.)

Students attending one of the Davis district’s high school programs will see a different principal this fall. The new principal at Davis High is Will Brown, the new principal at Da Vinci Charter Academy is Troy Reeves, the new principal at King High is Jeff Rogers and the principal at the Davis School for Independent Study is Laura Juanitas (who started on the job midway through last year). Juanitas is also serving as interim director of student services this fall.

Over at Pioneer Elementary, Matt Duffy is the new principal. And at the district’s central kitchen, the new director of student nutrition services is Dominic Machi.

The only major change in the school district’s facilities over the summer was the demolition of the old MultiPurpose Room at Davis High School, which had long had problems with a leaky roof. The kitchen portion of the old MPR, however, was not demolished. And a rain-shedding shade structure now covers a portion of the former MPR’s footprint.

Jeff Hudson

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