Future Dragons enter the lair
During kindergarten registration, 164 future dragons were enrolled.
Superintendent Ben Mainka said general observations were that the count was “very promising.”
“We had a lot more families bringing their first child this year,” said Mainka. “That was something we found very interesting. Typically, you see people who already have children in the school system. But an overwhelming number were coming in with their first child.”
Additional kindergartners will be added to the roll in the months leading to the start of the 2017-18 academic calendar. District officials expect even more to join in through Schools of Choice.
By comparison, there are currently 297 students enrolled in 7th grade in Swartz Creek, and 259 seniors at the High School.
A breakdown of how many new students each elementary will receive this fall has yet to be determined.
“Parents request certain schools, and we try to honor those requests as often as possible, but we have to look at staffing levels and make sure we can accommodate them with classroom space and resources,” said Mainka.
The festive event included appearances by the Swartz Creek dragon and the Easter bunny, bounce houses, music, dancing and basketball.
Each elementary school set up a table to give incoming students a glimpse of some of the things they can look forward to in the fall.
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