Osceola students return to school

Students across Osceola County are enjoying their first full week back at school for the 2013-14 school year. Administrators from Pine River Area Schools, Reed City Area Public Schools and Evart Public Schools said everything has been running smoothly and the year is off to a great start. (Herald Review photo/Karin Armbruster)
Students across Osceola County are enjoying their first full week back at school for the 2013-14 school year. Administrators from Pine River Area Schools, Reed City Area Public Schools and Evart Public Schools said everything has been running smoothly and the year is off to a great start. (Herald Review photo/Karin Armbruster)

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Evart Public Schools, Pine River Area Schools and Reed City Area Public Schools opened their doors last week to welcome back students and introduce them to a new school year.

District officials said they are happy to report a smooth first week.

“Things are definitely off to a great start in every building and at every grade level,” said PRAS Superintendent Jim Ganger.

PRAS students and parents dealt with a large transition this year, as fourth through seventh graders and their teachers moved into the middle school building and eighth grade students and staff moved into the high school. Kindergarten through third grade students are at Pine River Area Elementary School in LeRoy.

“The changes have been well received,” Ganger added. “Everyone has adjusted well.”

RCAPS also had a number of changes, with the addition of teachers and changing administration. Nevertheless, superintendent Tim Webster said all is normal and on track.

“With all of the changes, it has gone amazingly well,” Webster said.

The same has been the case for EPS, as the year has started off on a positive note.

“We’ve been having a great start so far,” said superintendent Howard Hyde.

A number of highlights will help each district’s year stand out, including the celebration of Evart Middle School’s 90th birthday on Oct. 5, curriculum additions and administration changes in Reed City, and events including the PRAS elementary family night, movie night, high school homecoming and middle school fall sports kickoff.

Enrollment counts are unofficial until results of student count day next month.

At PRAS, Ganger said there are currently 84 students enrolled in kindergarten and 84 in this year’s graduating class. However, there are some students who are unaccounted for that the district is trying to track down.

Hyde and Webster said they are unsure of the rough figures, but believe they are where the board of education expected when completing a budget for the 2013-14 school year.