With students registering on the floor above and the last few summer projects coming to an end, the South Callaway R-2 School District said Wednesday at a Board of Education meeting it was ready to start classes Aug. 15.
All of South Callaway's principals reported the number of students in their schools remained steady or slightly increased from last year. Ten new teachers had also finished a program to prepare for teaching at the school.
Superintendent Kevin Hillman said this is the second year South Callaway has hosted its registration online, tweaking the process it used last year; registration support was available Wednesday at the school as well. By going online, it should make it easier for parents to register their children and for the school to get students their equipment sooner, Hillman added.
"Now, they're getting their devices before school starting," Hillman said. "When we tried to deploy those after the school year starts, it can be three or four days to get them in the hands of all students, and that kind of stymies what we're trying to do with the excitement at the start of school."
Tucker Bartley, director of technology for South Callaway, said by Wednesday's meeting, around 84 percent of students had registered, an improvement from 63 percent at the same time last year. The school also has a new website, Bartley added, as well as a number of network upgrades made possible through a grant.
South Callaway has also been tackling a number of renovation projects during the summer, with most already completed. Hillman said the only major work remaining is on connecting the school's new water heater to the water system and renovating the part of the parking lot behind the middle school gym. Still, he said the school could be ready to start school today if needed.
"It has been absolutely the busiest summer just by a multitude of small things in almost every department," Hillman said.
The board raised the pay for substitute teachers after Hillman reported the school was on the lower end of paying substitutes compared to other area schools. The pay increased from $70 per day to $80 for a non-certified person with a substitute certificate or $85 for a certified teacher. Those numbers will also increase depending on how many days a substitute has worked or if they are long term.