Ennis School Board talks expansion, staffing challenges
The Ennis School District Board of Trustees held their regular meeting on the evening of Oct. 13. Here’s a recap of what was covered at the less-than-twohour gathering.
• Staffing shortage issues remain an agenda item for the Ennis School District, namely a need for bus drivers and custodians. Superintendent Casey Klasna said if a driver is lost, the district may have to shut down some routes or combine existing routes.
• The district’s Covid-19 policy was revisited, prompting a short discussion with no changes made. Superintendent Klasna noted that this agenda item has been one of the board’s biggest talking-points, and this meeting was probably one of the shortest discussions regarding the virus in recent months.
• Draft bond language was reviewed for the school expansion project. The board will discuss the bond at its November meeting and may vote to move forward with the language in order to get it on a February 2022 special election.
• Fall enrollment for the district is up 8.5% from the previous year, with student count, also known as Average Number Belonging, at 411 students. Growth is being seen in all three schools, but most notably in the elementary level which saw a 26 student increase in grades K-6.
The board will meet again on Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m.