County school officials feel positive about new school year, enrollment numbers

OSCEOLA COUNTY — School has been in session for one week, and district administrators are experiencing a positive beginning to the new year as students and staff become acquainted to their new classes and schedules.

"Things are going fantastically at Pine River Area Schools," said PRAS Superintendent Matt Lukshaitis. "The elementary school is off and running with a new K-5 format, the staff have met and are planning curriculum and school improvement plans together."

The situation is similar in Evart.

"I think we're off to a great start," said Evart Public Schools Superintendent Howard Hyde. "Things seem to be smooth."

Tim Webster, superintendent for Reed City Area Public Schools, said the district also is running smoothly, adding he was surprised by student numbers.

"Things are looking really good for us because enrollment is up," he said. "To help the bulging classroom sizes, we may be adding new hires and long-term substitute teachers."

RCAPS is up by about 50 students to a total of about 1,545. PRAS is seeing the exact same number of students — 1,064 — it predicted. EPS numbers are currently unknown, and Hyde said they change daily.

Enrollment numbers are unofficial until Count Day, which takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 1.