Augusta Public Schools will start the 2019-20 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

The district is estimating enrollment to be at 91 students including kindergarteners through seniors at the Augusta campus and kindergarteners through eighth graders at Elk Creek Colony, an attendance center for the district. According to school Superintendent Matt Genger, enrollment is down by a few in the high school with 20 students, close to the same with 10 junior high schoolers and up in the elementary with 61 students.

The school district offers a pre-kindergarten program Tuesday and Thursday from 12:45 to 3:40 p.m. at no charge.

The district has 15 certified staff and nine classified staff members. New to the district is Blake Brown who will be assisting at Elk Creek Colony.

The grant funding for the elementary after-school program was cut, but the district has elected to fund the program and keep it running Monday through Thursday.

The district has both a breakfast and lunch program. The meals cost $2 for breakfast and $2.50 for lunch for kindergarten through sixth graders; $2 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch for seventh graders through seniors; and $2.50 for breakfast and $3.75 for lunch for adults. For those qualifying for reduced meals, the cost is $.40. Activity passes will cost $15 for fourth through eighth graders, $30 for high school students, $35 for college students, $50 for adults and $150 for a family. Kindergarten through third grade and anyone 62 or older are free. 

Throughout the summer, the district put down new flooring and carpet in the elementary, updated sidewalks around the school and did general maintenance including waxing and buffing floors.

Genger said a new mural of Haystack Butte done by three students and the art teacher in the gym is amazing and will welcome those attending activities in the school gymnasium.

The school day starts at 8:15 a.m. Monday through Friday and goes until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2:40 p.m. on Fridays.

An open house date is planned for later.