CUSD ready for 2013-14 school year
By Daniel Winningham
With the rush to get new school supplies and clothes now over, summer vacation grinds to a halt when school starts.
Students from the Carlinville area — and other parts of the county — began the 2013-14 school year earlier this week.
It’s a new beginning for both the children and instructors as well as the administration.
Those enrolled in the Carlinville Primary School, Intermediate School, Middle and High School officially began Aug. 14.
The Carlinville school district has 83.5 teachers, including 12 that are starting their first year with the district, according to superintendent Mike Kelly.
Overall, Kelly estimates there will be 1,400-1,500 kids enrolled for the 2013-14 school year.
In total, there are 198 individuals that are employed by the Carlinville School District.
The first day of school for students was Wednesday, Aug. 14, but the process of getting ready for the new school year begins much earlier.
Registration for students entering kindergarten through fifth grade took place July 31.
Carlinville Primary School Principal Elise Schwartz, now entering her 13th year in education, is gearing up to welcome 115 kindergartners for the 2013-14 school year. Schwartz is starting her 10th year as CPS Principal.
“I always like seeing the kindergarten students because they’re both excited and nervous, and the parents are excited but they’re always emotional,” Schwartz said. “It’s a big day.”
There’s an estimated 430 students enrolled in kindergarten through third grade this year.
Schwartz says she enjoys seeing all the new faces as well as new teachers. This is the fourth year kindergarten has been held at CPS, and it’s becoming a “smoother transition.”
Becky Schuchman, entering her 10th year as Intermediate School principal, has been working on initiatives for the new school year and was preparing to meet the students for the first time earlier this week. She said there are slightly less than 230 kids enrolled in her building, which has fourth and fifth grade, plus another 60 enrolled in the district’s pre-K program.
High school registration took place Aug. 5-6.
Senior registration, which is handled differently, began in late July. High school administration meets with each student and parent in 30-minute time blocks to go through a “post high school plan” to find out what the students need to be doing each month to accomplish their education goals.
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