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.