East Side

The realigned East Side Elementary School has 728 students in kindergarten through second grade -- the third grade has been moved to Central Elementary School.

The Magnolia School Board heard reports from elementary principals during Monday night’s meeting.

Walker Pre-kindergarten principal Natasha Coleman said the total enrollment is 108.

There are six classrooms. She said the school had a drive-thru meet the teacher that went well.

Jill Rader, Kindergarten Center/East Side principal said total enrollment for the three grades is 728: Kindergarten, 234; first grade, 236; and second grade, 258; with 125 students who are participating virtually included in those figures.

She said the campus seemed lonely without third-graders. The third grade has been moved to Central Elementary School.

She said there had been work done on the playground to help it shed water. She said they are using both cafeterias and playgrounds to help spread out the students.

Central Elementary principal Angie Waters said enrollment for the campus is 572: 195 third graders, 188 fourth graders, and 189 fifth graders. Of those, there are 131 virtual students. She said that was the lowest number of students on campus she could remember.

The school was repainted over the summer. She said students and faculty social distance as much as possible. She added that students are doing well at wearing masks.

The teachers have taken on this challenging year. “I can’t say enough great things about their positive attitude and the way they have taken this and run with it,” she said.

In other board news:

-- Board approved to refinance bonds for a savings of around $655,000.

-- Board approved a 2020-21 operating budget with $36,726,652 in revenue and $36,240,259 in expenditures.

-- Board approved the purchase of 670 laptop computers at a cost of $318,250.

-- Superintendent John Ward said there have been nine cases of COVID-19 within the district. He said the bigger problem has been those who have to quarantine.

For football games, every other row will be taped off in the stadium. There will be room for 2,000 fans. Ward said the school district will continue to live stream the games as well.

The band will be performing from the high jump area so that portion of the stands can be opened to fans.

Homecoming will be September 25. The formal court presentation will be live streamed as well.

Painting and texturing of walls is taking place in the performing arts center under construction. Insulation is being installed in the auditorium.

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