With enrollment holding steady, Dutton/Brady Public Schools will start a new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The district is anticipating 28 students in high school, 14 in junior high and 51 in the elementary at the Dutton campus. Enrollment at Midway Colony near Brady, which is part of the Dutton/Brady district, is anticipated to be 18 students, and at the Pondera Colony attendance center near Valier, close to 20 students.
The district runs on a modified four-day schedule with school running Monday through Thursday and some Fridays. School starts at 8 a.m. and finishes at 3:45 p.m.
An early kindergarten program is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 3:45 p.m.
The Dutton/Brady School building was re-keyed this year, adding a key fob entrance system as well a front entrance buzz-in system. “These updates were made to improve the safety of our students,” Superintendent Erica Allen said. “Our summer staff also painted several rooms and our business manager and elementary principal/counselor switched offices so the elementary principal/counselor could work closer to the elementary staff and students.”
The summer staff also thoroughly cleaned the entire school, reroofed, painted and added new doors to the track shed, and maintained 14 acres of grounds.
Allen said the district would unveil a new webpage in September. “The new webpage will provide needed access to information in a clear, easy-to-navigate page,” Allen said.
The district has 19 certified staff members and two classified members on the teaching staff. They also have nine support classified staff members, plus bus drivers and coaches.
Joining the staff this year is Natasha Lettengarver as a special education teacher. Lettengarver comes from Fairfield and taught for one year at Greenfield Elementary School. She is a certified teacher and will be working to obtain her master’s degree in special education over the next two years.
Dutton/Brady continues to encourage students to enroll in dual-credit and other online classes, Allen said. “Last year we piloted a social-emotional learning class with our junior high school students,” she added. “We will continue that class this year with the junior high students, as well as adding social-emotional learning curriculum at the elementary level.”
The district is also adding an advanced physical education and weight training class.
The prices for activity tickets and breakfast and lunch will remain the same. Admission prices for a single event are $7 for adults, $5 students; multiple high school/junior high game events, $8 adults, $6 students; Titan Co-op high school football games, $8 adults, $6 students; Titan Co-op junior high football games, $5 adults, $5 students.
Activity tickets will be sold at the beginning of the year and cost $40 for students in fifth through 12th grades and $35 for students in first through fourth grades. Adult all-season passes will sell for $75. Family passes are also available for $175. These tickets will allow you to be admitted to any regularly scheduled athletic home event, but are not good for tournaments or playoffs. All students participating in an extra-curricular activity are required to purchase an activity ticket and sign training rules.
Lunch prices are: breakfast — $1.50 for students, $2.25 for adults; lunch — $2.25 for students, $4 adults; and $.40 for extra milk.
The district will hold an open house in September, the date still to be determined.