A good start to the new school year at Stratford Elementary this week. Superintendent Sarah Binder made that assessment during the monthly board meeting on Wednesday evening. Binder informed the school board that enrollment numbers are up after the recent registration for classes. A complete count will take place October 1. The Stratford school board welcomed three new staff members. One of the new staff members is Catherine Bergman who is the new director of the district's Early Learning Center. Bergman is the former director of the Hamilton County S.E.E.D. Economic Development office.
September 10th is school board election day in Stratford. The three candidates for the board include Chad Smith, Alison Weidemann and Julie Patterson. The voting will be held at the Stratford School Library from 12 noon until 8:00p.m.
In other matters, the board learned that it will be next week when an announcement will be made on whether or not the Stratford district will received a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Foundation for their "Rural Education Program. Stratford is competing with about 30 other districts in the state for the grant.
The Stratford board will have a joint meeting with the Northeast Hamilton and Webster City school boards on issues involving the three districts.The meeting will be held in October with a date to be set next month.
The Stratford Booster Club will be funding the After School Homework Program this year. The school board approved that recommendation.
The parking lot project at Stratford school is expected to be completed this fall. Work should begin in the next week on renovating the lot after the project at the Early Learning Center.