MONROE — The Board of Education, meeting Monday, April 5, set recognition and graduation dates for Jockey Hollow Middle School and Masuk High School.

District officials are hoping they can have a “somewhat more traditional graduation ceremony” this year, but continue to plan either way.

Assuming outside ceremonies for both schools, rain dates were established. Jockey Hollow’s dates are Monday, June 7, with a rain date of June 8, and Masuk High School’s dates are Wednesday, June 9, with a rain date of June 10.

Under Old Business, School Superintendent Joseph Kobza reviewed enrollment figures with the board. To try to give the board a better handle on the numbers, Mr. Kobza chose two dates within a school year when the numbers are fixed: the official October 1 state count and the end of the year count.

He also chose to compare students in kindergarten through grade 12, noting the pre-K numbers increase all year long as students have birthdays and become eligible for the programs.

The last year of declining enrollment in Monroe was the drop between the 2017-18 school year and the 2018-19 school year, he said. The district had 3,112 on the last day of school in 2018 and 3,059 on October 1, 2018.

There were 3,060 students on the last day of school 2019. The district gained 18 students to October 1, 2019, and then gained an additional 37 students to the end of that school in June 2020.

Between the June 2020 last day count of 3,115 and October 1, 2020, the district gained an additional 18 students, to total 3,133. As of March 22, 2021, the district has 3,173 students, an additional 40 students.

Fawn Hollow has been seeing growth throughout the period. According to charts provided by Mr. Kobza, the school gained 13 students while other schools were losing enrollment during the period between June 2018 and June 2019. There was an additional gain of 35 students between June 2019 and June 2020, followed by an increase of 17 students between June 2020 and now.

As the district considers the best use of teachers and classroom configurations in the school, board member Nick Kapoor said he was also concerned about the physical space available in each of the classrooms for larger numbers of students.

In other action, the board approved a remote learning day for students in grades 11 and 12 on Wednesday, April 28, as students in grades 9 and 10 attend school in-person to take the PSAT tests.

Similarly, the board approved a remote learning day for students in grades 9 and 10, and possible 11, on Wednesday, May 26, as seniors present their Capstone projects.

The board also voted to ratify the secretary contract. No details were available.

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