Trumann enrollment shows growth

Sunday, October 20, 2013

At Trumann School District's annual report to the public, Superintendent Myra Graham reported the total enrollment for the school was 1609, which is 83 students more than last year's report.

"Trumann School District is growing rapidly," Graham said.

With the growing numbers, she said they are having to look at getting a new building for the elementary school. Her initial thought was to repair or build on classrooms to the school, but the hopes are to have a whole new building.

"The state has already said we need this building, now we are just waiting for them to fund us," Graham said. The district has applied for $4.7 million pledged by the state department for a new building. According to Graham, they should know about the $4.7 million by May of next year.

She added other facility issues they are facing is with the softball field. The school is working with an architect to build a new field by Trumann High School that could adhere to the needs of softball and baseball.

"Our master plan right now, when we talk about facilities, is to look at a new building for Cedar Park and wait for knowledge of approval for funding and to pursue a new softball field," Graham said.

At the public meeting, the principals gave updates about their campuses and goals for improvement. Although the rising enrollment is most apparent at Cedar Park due to the facilities, all of the principals reported of the rise at their campus.

Trumann High School Principal Wanda VanDyke mentioned that the high school has been asked by several surrounding schools to serve as a showcase school with their technology and innovative teaching strategies with the New Tech program.

After the annual report to the public, the monthly school board meeting was held. The board:

*declined a student transfer request into the district.

*approved the equity compliance report.

*approved the minority report.

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