Superintendent Corner

Spring means time for track, golf, prom, and concerts
Supt. Mr. Kosters

As I am writing this column, it is the tail end of March.  The sun is shining and the snow is melting and thoughts of Spring are a little more realistic – finally!  It has been a very challenging last couple of months to say the least, but hopefully we can begin to move on to the next season and all of the things that come with it.  When this column comes out, we will only be about five weeks shy of the end of the school year.

We had a total of seven school days missed due to weather this year – with all seven occurring after January 28th.  We made up two days in March and will be making up one more day on April 12th.  The state requires 962.5 hours of teacher/student contact time and when school districts have late starts or early dismissals due to inclement weather; districts are not penalized for that time missed and are given credit for a full day.  Making decisions to call off school or have a late start/early dismissal is one of the more unenviable tasks that school administrators face.  No matter what decision is made; it will almost assuredly be second guessed.  As they say, that comes with the territory!

The legislative session officially came to a close a few weeks back and funding for education moving forward saw an increase of 2.5%; a much better situation than the one percent that was received last year.

The month of April also means that we will be getting into the activities that go along with Spring – those being track and golf.  Coach Marty Morlock has a total of 27 participants in track, slightly less than the 37 that participated last year.  There are seven boys and three girls for a total of ten in the high school; and nine boys and eight girls for a total of 17 in junior high (grades 6-8).  In the activity of golf; there are three boys from the high school and one boy and one girl from the junior high.  Some of our track athletes have already been able to compete in meets, as Northern State has hosted a couple of indoor meets already.  It will more than likely be a few weeks before we are able to attend any golf meets though.

Other activities that will be coming up include Prom on Saturday, April 13th.  Leola and Frederick Area students will once again be having a joint Prom and it will be held in Frederick.  The Grand March will begin at 7:15 pm.  The 7-12 Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 pm; Baccalaureate and Awards will be on Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 pm; the Elementary Concert will be Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 pm and Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 11, at 1:00 pm.  The last day of school for Frederick Area students will be Thursday, May 16, with a regular dismissal time of 3:40.  Frederick Area School will also be offering driver education again here in Frederick this spring.  There are approximately a dozen students that have signed up to participate.

Lastly, Frederick Area School is in the process of searching for a K-12 Music teacher; as Ms. Labesky will be retiring at the end of the school year.  We thank her for her many years of service to the students here at Frederick Area and wish her well in her retirement!