VALPARAISO | Two more help wanted signs have gone up at the Valparaiso Community Schools offices.
Assistant to the Superintendent Jim Doane announced at Thursday's School Board meeting he will join Superintendent Michael Berta in retiring Aug. 6. Doane was hired by Berta when Berta became interim superintendent prior to the 2012-13 school year.
Doane also announced Transportation Director Pam Skogland has retired effective last week, and the district is looking for someone to serve on an interim basis while a full-time replacement is sought. He hopes to have a recommendation for the interim position at the March board meeting.
Administrators aren't the only ones leaving the district. Berta said the second of two student counts done earlier this month to determine the district's allotment from the state showed a drop of 55 students from the October average daily membership to 6,144.78.
He said 47 of the 55 were lost at the high school level. The high school actually had a total of 87 students withdraw for various reasons but had 40 students who transferred into the high school from other areas. About half those who left did so because their families moved to other districts.
Of the remaining students, Berta said 16 were being home schooled, and 17 were involved in the expulsion process. Some of the latter had been readmitted. One student left because of pregnancy, one "was not interested" in staying in school, three graduated and one left for health reasons.
The loss of enrollment means the school district will receive $23,864 less from the state each month for the next six months for a total of $143,187. Berta said the counts showed a 66-student drop last year, but it gained them back in the fall count.
Balancing out the lost revenue, the district will get $154,800 more in state money for special needs students, Berta said.