The overall enrollment at Jonathan Alder Local Schools is up for the 2017-18 school year. At its meeting Monday night, Alder Board of Education members shared data showing 2,263 students for the current school year, making it higher than last year’s number of 2,226.

Alder superintendent Gary Chapman said that numbers are up, but not dramatically.

“I think there are some out there that think we’re seeing significant growth in Plain City,” he said. “And we are up this year from last year. But the numbers aren’t exceeding anything we’ve had in the past.”

During the 2014-15 school year, enrollment numbers were at 2,307, a higher number than each of the following three years. However, the numbers of kindergartners has gone up to 184.

“Kindergarten is up,” Chapman said. “It’s actually closer to the class sizes in our eighth, ninth and tenth grade classes.”

The district report card was discussed at the meeting and will be released Thursday, Sept. 14. There were no new changes from the 2016-17 report.

The board also recognized the indoor track as a high school club sport so that runners could stay on the Alder campus. Chapman said track coach Justin Creps has been instrumental in making that happen and allowing the students to stay local rather than having to run in other facilities.

In other business on Monday, school board members:

• Approved sick leave advances to teacher, Robin Hall for 10 days.

• Reviewed/renewed NEOLA (North East Ohio Learning Associates) board policy #2413-Career Advising.

• Recognized a donation of $1,500 to the Food Service Department from community members, Jennifer and Michael Bailey to purchase meals for students in need. And $160 to Monroe Elementary School from Silent Hand Circle for school fees.

• Accepted resignations of Matthew Craycraft as volleyball coach and Brianna McCray as eighth grade spelling coach.

• Commended Randy Wilson, Ryan Gross and the bus drivers for an outstanding start to the school year.

• Cornerstone Church, Daily Needs Assistance and United Way of Union County for providing numerous back-to-school supplies to many of the students.

• Acknowledged Professional Development Day for Friday, Sept. 22.

The next regular board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9. The meeting will be held at Plain City Elementary School, 580 S. Chillicothe St.

By Michael Williamson

Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.