Tuesday, January 31, 2017

NEWS ROUNDUP: DPS Superintendent Looks To Boost Student Numbers

DPS Superintendent Aims To Increase Student Body Numbers: Superintendent Daryl Schrunk has made public his goal to expand the average class size at DPS to 16 students per grade level over the next two years.  He is encouraging folks to reach out to friends and family in surrounding communities to encourage them to consider option enrolling their students at Dorchester.  DPS even offers daily bus service to and from Crete.  (May 1 is the paperwork deadline for those students who want to option enroll.)  Mr. Schrunk is to be commended for his goals and thoughtful approach. But it will take more than just option enrollment students to create long-term growth in class sizes, especially as the number of farm kids continues to decline.  A good first step would be for the Village Board to devise a plan to fill vacant homes and lots in Dorchester.  (See last week's story on ideas from Elwood, Neb.) Another step would be to encourage DPS teachers with children to live in the school district and grow our community. (A no-brainer in days gone by, but it isn't happening much nowadays.) Bottom line: Dorchester needs more young families, a goal that can be accomplished with a plan and the right mindset.

Next School Board Meeting Is Feb. 6:  Do you have an issue you want to discuss with the Dorchester School Board? Your next chance is Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the school.  This year's board members are Matt Hansen, Mike Hatfield, Neal Pavlish, Carol Schnell, Kelli Schweitzer, and Steve Vyhnalek.

DHS Parents' Night Is Feb. 3:  DHS Parents' Night is set for Friday, Feb. 3.  The parents of DHS' basketball and wrestlers will be honored at the conclusion of the DHS vs. Giltner varsity game, which starts at 6 p.m.

Crete's Growing Police Force: Does a large influx of immigrants in a short time cause the crime rate to rise? The major media tell us no -- and to quit being xenophobic for raising the question.  But in Crete, they've had to add two more new police officers, bring the city's total to 14 sworn officers, which is being paid for by an increase in the city's sales tax.  We can remember when there were six or eight police officers in Crete not that long ago.  However, in the Jan. 25 issue of The Crete News, the weekly crime record took up four columns, with crimes ranging from driving with no insurance or license, to speeding, to disturbing the peace, to possession of K2 or marijuana. That's not our opinion; those are the facts.


  1. When you are caught driving with no operator's license or without proof of insurance, your vehicle should be confiscated, if not on the first offense, at least by the second one. Doesn't matter if you are driving your own vehicle, or one that belongs to a friend, it's taken away and sold with the proceeds going to the police department. Time to get tough on these scofflaws! Those driving without insurance are raising the rates for everyone when they cause an accident with damage.
    As a side though, I am glad to see that the county and city is recouping some of their expense through fines and court costs, even though I don't think those fines are hefty enough to keep the culprits from reoffending, and they don't begin to cover the added expense of hiring more officers.

  2. How about 6 man football ?

  3. I think there are a lot of good plans out there, including from the bloggers but I don't see any one doing a lot just lots of talk in this time of internet and computers

  4. 6man football would be a start. It would be great for Friday night business.

  5. How long ago is "not that long ago"? Do you know the names and or races of people being picked up for these crimes?

  6. I think anyone can see the names in the crete paper, right? Its public records and half a brain cell can usually help you determine races. The bloggers made their point, no need to get yer panties in a wad.

  7. If you don't police I guess you don't have crime or any statistics to report? I could argue that the reason Crete has crime statistics above other areas is and emphasis on public safety, quality police work and accurate reporting. Demonizing Crete will not help Dorchester grow. I'd look for other ways to attract people to Dorchester scaring them there is a poorly thought out approach.

  8. I must be a little slow because I don't see how this story "demonized" Crete. Someone is blatantly defensive. Is there a reason?

    1. If I were a Crete defender, I'd be a little more worried about the willingness to raise property and sales taxes on hard working residents than defending the crime rate.

  9. It's nice to see how Dorchester's superintendent is progressive, has plans and is looking for ways to help grow enrollment. This is a great way to help the school and community. Our neighbor Friend's superintendent says degrading things about us and only hangs out with wealthy farmers that is self serving. He doesn't care at all about their community.


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