By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Madison Superintendent Garilee Ogden recently presented the Groveport Madison Board of Education with information that provides a snapshot of the district at the start of the school year.
“We’re excited to be back at school and to have all of our kids back,” said Ogden.
According to Ogden, as of now:
•The district has a total enrollment of 6,016 (compared to 6,037 last October). But that number could grow as more enrollments are soon processed.
“We have 343 new enrollment appointments pending,” said Ogden.
When asked what accounts for the growth of enrollment in the district, Ogden said, “The new high school is a factor. Plus some of the charter schools in the area only teach K-8. There’s also greater confidence in the community for the school district as well as some new housing in the area. The city of Groveport is developing and doing things that attract people to the community.”
•The high school has 1,902 students (including Cruiser Academy) and offers 107 courses. The three middle schools have 1,402 students and offer 33 courses. (There are 108 children in pre-school.) The six elementaries have 2,712 students and 48 course offerings. Overall there are 743 new students enrolled in the district so far, and of these, 110 are at Sedalia, 82 at Madison, 69 at Groveport, 69 at Glendening, 76 at Dunloe, 93 at Asbury, 124 at the high school, 42 at Middle School North, 42 at Middle School Central, and 36 at Middle School South.
•There are 47 new teachers and 6 new administrators. The new personnel replaced those who retired or resigned, according to Ogden.
•There are 67 school buses running 201 routes.
•Students so far have signed up to use 1,300 Chromebook computers at the high school and 1,330 at the middle schools.
•The district’s maintenance staff has completed 287 building maintenance requests out of the 307 requested in June.
“The buildings have also been power washed and painted,” said Ogden. “New playground mulch was put in place and pavement patching has been done.”