Friday, August 14, 2009

School registration starts next week

Enrollment projected at slightly higher level than last year

Express Staff Writer

Students head to opening day at Wood River High School. This year, school starts Monday, Aug. 31. Photo by David N. Seelig

More than 3,400 students are expected to start enrolling next week in the Blaine County School District for the upcoming school year.

Enrollment is projected to be slightly higher than last year, according to information at the district's Web site, The student population is estimated to be 3,446, compared to 3,384 on Aug. 28, 2008.

Students will once again be required to provide proof of residency, a policy that was implemented a year ago. For a list of accepted forms of proof of residency, go to the district's Web site at

There will be some changes this year .

The Silver Creek Alternative School has been relocated to the Community Campus near Wood River High School in Hailey and has been renamed Silver Creek High School. New school director Lynn Seifert, a former school superintendent recruited from the Nashville, Tenn., area, said at Tuesday's school board meeting that she expects enrollment at about 30, up from the 20 enrolled last year. Seifert replaces Barge Levy, who retired at the end of the last school year.

The district Technology Center is being moved to the building on Second Avenue in Hailey that previously housed the alternative school.

Woodside Elementary School will have a new principal. Bradley Henson, previously an elementary school principal in Hamilton, Mont., replaces Gary St. George who retired.

The school board has two new trustees. Steve Guthrie and Paul Bates replace Alexandra Sundali and Kim Nilsen. Guthrie defeated Nilsen and Bates defeated Sundali at school board elections in May.

The district also has a new superintendent. Lonnie Barber has replaced Jim Lewis, who retires at the end of August.

Debi Gutknecht replaces Blake Walsh, who is also retiring, as director of student services.

School starts Aug. 31.

Terry Smith:


School Registration

All new and returning students must provide proof of residency within Blaine County. School starts Monday, Aug. 31.

Elementary schools

· Aug. 20, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

· Aug. 21, 8 a.m. to noon.

Wood River Middle School

· Aug. 19

6th grade, last names M-Z, 9-10:30 a.m.

6th grade, last names A-L, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

7th grade, last names M-Z, 1-2 p.m.

7th grade, last names A-L, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

· Aug. 20

8th grade, last names M-Z, 9-10:30 a.m.

8th grade, last names A-L, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Make-up session, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

· Aug. 25

Make-up session, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Carey School

· Aug. 21, 3-8 p.m.

Wood River High School

· Aug. 20, all grades by last name

A-E, 8-10 a.m.

F-L, 10 a.m. to noon

M-S, 1-3 p.m.

T-Z, 3-5 p.m.

Make-up, 6-8 p.m.

· New students, Aug. 21-26, by appointment.

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