Bond update shows enrollment increases worth $2.5 million


Dec. 16, 2010 at 6:16 a.m.

Enrollment and attendance in the Victoria school district increased this school year beyond expectations, which equates to millions of dollars more for the district in the future. The school board learned the news during a bond update at its monthly meeting Thursday.

The district planned for 12,800 students this school year and instead had 13,150 students. The increase means about $2.5 million more in state funding, Superintendent Bob Moore said.

Moore believes the change was possible because of the $159 million bond approved by voters. The bond was passed to build five new schools in the district, the Victoria Fine Arts Center, Aquatics Center and remodeling projects.

Excitement over the new schools and doubling the amount of extra-curricular activities has helped bring in the change.

"When kids are engaged in those kinds of programs and academics, they're going to be in school," he said.

Moore also explained the two projects still uncompleted on the 2007 bond are the Victoria Fine Arts Center and the remodeling of Crain Elementary School.

The fine arts center is scheduled to be substantially completed Dec. 31 and Crain Elementary, a $1.7 million project, by the spring.

Board members also praised the lowered tax rate, improved school ratings and sense of community that accompanied the district's new buildings.

"It was everything and more than what you promised," board member Bernard Klimist said.

The board also heard from 24-year-old Gloria Majefski, a parent, who called for school teachers to get certified in CPR. Teachers are not required to have the certification, but Majefski believes the need is dire because of choking hazards.

"We should be able to go to work, (knowing) our children are safe and taken care of at school," she said.

She said the district could find multiple ways to fund the training

"That's a life-and-death situation. How many kids would have to pass before they realize you can't put a price on a child's life," she said.



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