Community invited to see completed concession stand
AREA -- Labor Day has come and gone and all school districts in the Mammoth Spring-Oregon County area are up and running at full speed.
Thayer Superintendent of Schools Rod Priest said everything in the Thayer School District is running smooth. "Our new concession stand at the football field is complete and we invite the community out to take a look at it," he said. Priest said the Bobcats will play their first home game against Malden-Greenway Sept. 14.
Enrollment in the Thayer School District is down at the high school from the end of school last year. Priest said high school enrollment is 329 students. At the end of school last year their were 339 students attending Thayer High School.
Priest said enrollment at the elementary school is up a little. There are 318 students in grades K-12 compared to 311 at the end of school last year.
New teachers in the Thayer School District are: Jalene Ryan, third grade; Jennifer Hyde, high school English; Beth Barnes, high school math; Mark Pitts, personal finance; Gaylon Justus, elementary principal; Linda Armstrong, nurse; and Kim Davis, third grade.
Mammoth Spring School Superintendent Ron Taylor said his attendance numbers have not changed much. As of last week enrollment at the elementary school was 220. At the end of school last year in grades K-6 there was an enrollment of 223 students.
Taylor said there are 222 students enrolled at the high school. At the end of school last year there were 230 high school students.
"We graduated a large senior class last year and a small sixth grade class moved to the seventh grade," the superintendent said.
Taylor said his 3-and 4-year-old program at the school was full with 26 free slots filled and four paying students.
"We are off to a good start at Mammoth Spring. All of our buildings with the exception of the big gym are air conditioned so students didn't suffer much," he said.
New teachers at Mammoth Spring are: pre-school, Elizabeth Rogers and Susan Vanderpool; Lacey Lingenfelter, third grade; Norma Moss, fifth grade; and Morgan Haney, music.
Alton is the largest school district in Oregon County.
Alton Superintendent of Schools Shelia Wheeler said as of last week there were 390 students in grades K-6. At the end of school last year there were 371 elementary school students at Alton.
"Our high school enrollment is up also," she said. There are 405, 7-12 students. At the end of school last year there were 379 high school students.
"We are off to a good start this school year. We have several new students and several new faculty members," she said.
New faculty members at Alton are: Greg Britton, high school math; Tamera Brown, fourth grade; Marilyn Cockrum, third grade; Tasha Reeves, fifth grade; Heather Sample, fifth grade and Jason Qualls, high school physical education and the alternative school.
Couch School Superintendent Tom Bull said things are going good in his school district. "We are off to the best school year ever. We just received our MAP testing results and they were excellent," Bull said.
The superintendent said elementary school enrollment is 77 down from 87 at the end of school last year.
Bull said his high school enrollment has not changed much. As of last week there were 182 students enrolled at Couch High School. At the end of school last year 179 students were enrolled at Couch.
New teachers this year at Couch are: Amy Kaufman, high school math; Donna Martin, art; Lindsley Meyer, at risk teacher; Allen Woods, boy's basketball and health; Kim Bray, library and elementary aide; Katie Janes, first grade; Frances Woodyard, pre-school aide; and Roberta Smith, counselor.
Koshkonong School Superintendent Steve Morgan said there are 116 students enrolled at Koshkonong Elementary School. At the end of school last year there were 114 elementary students.
High School enrollment at Koshkonong is 183 compared to 175 at the end of school last year.
"We are off to a great start at Koshkonong with several new students and faculty members," he said.
New faculty members at Koshkonong are: Cassandra Weaver, art; Peggy Nickelson, FACS; Joe Newman, math/science; Alice Mills, special ed.; and Stephanie Smith, elementary counselor and special ed.