Zionsville School board prepares for new year


By Sam Elliott

On the eve of students heading back to class, the Zionsville school board prepared for the new school year and took the first steps in its annual budget adoption process at its Aug. 10 meeting.

Chief operations officer Rebecca Coffman presented the board with a report on the 2015-2016 enrollment numbers and class sizes throughout the district. Since August 2014 through Aug. 10, Zionsville’s high school enrollment has gone from 1,860 students to 1,937 while total enrollment throughout the district has risen from 6,220 to 6,432 students.

Those numbers don’t include students in the district’s preschools, which have also seen expansion.

“Our preschool has expanded to locations at all five elementary schools as well as four universal preschools and the developmental preschool housed at Zionsville West Middle School,” Coffman said.

To complete the first phase of its 2016 budget adoption process, the board approved plans to advertise a pair of notices to taxpayers in a local newspaper as required by state law.

“This is essentially the first of a number of different public proceedings we are required to undertake to eventually get the budget approved by the state,” chief financial officer Mike Shafer said.

The Zionsville Board of School Trustees has its next regular meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 14.