Story Elementary School expects an enrollment of 25 students when classes resume next month.
That's exciting news for Scott Stults. The director of elementary education for Sheridan County School District 2 says enrollment will be more than double the 12 students enrolled in the school last year.
The growth of enrollment at the school in the small community south of Sheridan demonstrates how Story residents stepped up when presented with a challenge. The elementary education director explained.
The issue had been one of parents sending their children to schools in Sheridan, he said. Faced with losing the Story school, parents made the commitment for their children to attend classes in the community where they live, he said.
School District 2 administers schools within the city of Sheridan as well as the elementary school in Story. Last summer, the district spent more than $1 million in upgrades to the school. That included installing secure front doors, so that access to the school is controlled through the front office. The education director said this is in line with what the district has done at other schools.
He said another upgrade was in technology. All students in the school have iPads that they use while in class. The school has two full-time teachers, and a part-time teacher has been added. Instruction is provided for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.