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NLS likely to see enrollment increase when new year begins

NEW LONDON -- Student enrollment in the New London-Spicer School District will likely exceed expectations when classes begin Sept. 7.

As of Monday, the projected district enrollment is 1,464 students, according to Superintendent Paul Carlson. He presented the numbers during the district's school board meeting.

The district budgeted for 1,441 students in grades kindergarten through 12 for the 2010-11 school year. However, there are either steady or increased student numbers in all grades except third grade and the senior class. A total of 107 kindergarteners are expected to begin their formal education at NLS. At its Aug. 9 meeting, the board unanimously ap-proved ad-ding a fifth section of kindergarten, bringing the student-teacher ratio down from 26 or 27 students per teacher to 21 to 22 students per teacher. Official student numbers are not recorded until Oct. 1.

The district's average daily membership, or enrollment, was 1,458 on Oct. 1, 2009.

In other action, the board:

- Increased the adult school lunch price to $3.25 per meal. The price had been set at $3 per meal in July, but did not meet state expectations.

- Accepted the letter of resignation from head boys basketball coach Matt Cordes and appointed Chad Schmiesing as the new head coach. Schmiesing had served as assistant coach.

- Received a copy of the general election ballot for district voters. Four incumbents, Holli Cogelow Ruter, Dan DeGeest, Helena Lungstrom and Robert C. Moller and challenger Todd Neumann have all filed for election to four-year terms on the school board.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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