Pony E-News: Building discussions, enrollment trends and Paint the Town Red

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September 16, 2018

Board discusses future of Brookview, CSB, Oak Park

School board members had a discussion Thursday night about the future of several facilities in the district - specifically Brookview Elementary, the Central Services Building and Oak Park. Read the full story for more details.

  • During the discussion board members considered the implications of a possible expansion of Brookview to provide room for an additional 150 students. The board will continue to have conversations about the expansion of Brookview, with a goal of making a decision in December.
  • The board also engaged in conversation about the proposed move of Central Services staff to Oak Park. During last night's board meeting, concerns were shared by several board members about the future need for space within the district, and questions were asked about how Oak Park might be used to address the need. The board voted to table the discussion of moving Central Services staff until they have the opportunity to further discuss the financial impact and consider facility needs across the district.

The board will continue to have conversations about Oak Park’s future, as well as a possible expansion of Brookview, as they dig deeper into demographic and financial projections at upcoming meetings

Enrollment trends are positive and on target

First day of school

The first day of school brought 8,398 students in grades K-12+ to the school district. This is an increase of 131 students from last year, despite the incoming class of kindergarten students being 132 students smaller than last year's graduating class. 

While we know enrollment numbers fluctuate at the beginning of each year (historically between 60-100 student decrease), this increase in our first day numbers is exciting news. It indicates that we are attracting and retaining students despite increasing competition.

The numbers also shows that we are slightly above target with our enrollment projections. Based on the first day numbers and our historical trends, we can expect to see an overall increase of about 30-70 students this year. Official enrollment numbers will be compiled in October, and a full report will be shared with the school board and public in November. Read the full story online.

Students getting ready to Paint the Town Red

students in front of painted windows

Stillwater Area High School students will be "Painting the Town Red" for Homecoming. Students will come to local businesses to decorate their windows or we will provide a Pony Pride window cling for them to display. If you’d like your business to participate in Paint the Town Red, please review the available options on our website and complete a short online form by Monday, September 17.

We invite everyone to show their Pony Pride and wear red and black or your favorite Pony gear for Homecoming on Friday, September 28.

Then join us for the 2nd annual Pony Homecoming Carnival from 4-6:30 p.m. at the high school. Mark your calendars for this family-friendly event which features inflatables, carnival games, activities, food trucks and more. All are welcome!

Check out a promo video to see what the carnival is all about!

Get to know school board candidates

Seven candidates have filed for four open seats on the school board. See a list of school board candidates onlineYou can learn more about each of the candidates before you go to the polls in November by attending one or both of the following candidate forums:

  • Tuesday, October 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Oak-Land Middle School, sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Lake Elmo Elementary PTA.
  • Wednesday, October 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Stillwater Middle School, sponsored by the Stillwater Gazette.

Upcoming Events

September 28: 2018 Homecoming Carnival at Stillwater Area High School. See Facebook event.
October 15: Elementary and middle school conferences
October 15-19: NO SCHOOL
October 23: Elementary conferences
October 25: Middle school and high school conferences
November 1: High school conferences