Lake Linden enrollment down slightly, but above budgeted

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Superintendent Brad Codere gives his report to the district board Monday.

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden-Hubbell Public School’s enrollment dropped from what was projected at the start of the year, though it is still more than the district had anticipated in its budget, Superintendent Brad Codere said at Monday’s meeting.

As of count day, the district was at about 392, two more than assumed in the budget. Much of the drop can be attributed to a family with multiple children that moved out of state, Codere said.

The fall count day, which falls on the first Wednesday of October, is the main determinant of how much money districts will get from the state. The fall count makes up 90% of the blended total, the rest coming from a count in February.

The district is also partway through having windows checked. Some leaks have been identified on the third floor. The district has $5,000 available, which Codere expects to be more than enough.

The district is working to fix the public address system, too. The issue appears to be compatibility with the district’s existing speakers, Codere said. Replacing speakers will cost about $1,500, Codere said.

Also on Monday, the board:

Approved the contract between the district and Great Lakes Recovery Centers for the Employee Assistance Program.

Approved hiring Wendi Heikka as elementary school aide.

Approved hiring Brett Poissant as eighth-grade boys basketball coach.

Approved hiring Robert Stenger as robotics coach.

Recognized National School Lunch Week and the work done by the district’s food service program.