By Jan Rahn
Those who recently received an annual report of the Perkins County Schools District probably had a proud moment in realizing the success of the district in which they live, work, and raise their families.
The 2010 annual report about the schools and students reflects the effort and dedication of the 45 certified instructors, plus administration, staff and school board.
A breakdown of data, enrollment and performance of the schools and the students is a testimonial to the mission statement of PCS: “The mission of the Perkins County Schools is to develop capable, responsible, lifelong learners who demonstrate those skills necessary for academic and occupational success in a global society.”
Following is some of the information included in the report:
• Enrollment for 2009-10 showed male students at 56 percent of the total students, numbering 206. Female students enrolled in PCS numbered 165.
• During the 2009-10 school term, 119 students were enrolled in grades nine through 12 at the high school—down by only one student compared to the previous term.
• Middle school enrollment at the building in Madrid totaled 76, down eight students from the 2008-09 school year.
• Grades kindergarten through fifth at the elementary site in Grant had 176 students enrolled for the 2009-10 school year—an increase of 10 students from the previous 2008-09 term.
• Per pupil cost during that year was $14,557 compared to $10,665 per student statewide, which includes all expenditures.
The annual report, which was sent to all citizens of the district to help them understand and evaluate the school system, included important and informative demographic, curriculum and assessment data.
“It is through this understanding that we as a community can take pride in accomplishments and identify areas where we need to improve,” said Superintendent Tobin Buchanan.
Buchanan said he and other members of the school realize that the total picture of public education in Perkins County cannot be told in percentages, numbers and graphs, and invites the public to visit the schools and get involved in the education of the students.
Below are some of the areas to be proud of:
Marks of Excellence
• Perkins County Schools are accredited by the Advanced Education-North Central Association.
• PCS incorporates the latest instructional technology in the form of laptop computers, interactive white boards, formative assessment devices, document cameras, and virtual learning environments.
• The district has a one-to-one laptop initiative for all students in grades 7-12.
• PCS has completed nearly $1.5 million in facility upgrades over the last two years without a levy increase or bond issue.
• The faculty at Perkins County Schools averages over 20 years of experience.
• Over 85 percent of the students at PCS participate in an extracurricular activity.
• All students in all grade ranges meet federal guideline progress.
• The elementary school is a Title I school-wide program.
• Programs are available at the elementary and middle school to assist with academically at-risk students.
• Breakfast programs at the elementary and middle school were implemented at the beginning of the current school year.
• An Early Childhood Education Program will be implemented in the fall for the 2011-12 school year.