By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound school district will soon be expanding its boundary by a dozen properties.
Eric Wright, district administrator, reported at the Elk Mound Board of Education’s September 17 meeting that the Eau Claire County Planning and Development office had contacted him with a question about a property listed as being in the Eau Claire school district instead of the Elk Mound school district.
As it turned out, after further investigation by Roxann Schmidt, who works in the land records division of Eau Claire Planning and Development, there were 16 questionable properties all together as to which school district they belonged, Wright said.
Four of those properties will move out of the Elk Mound school district, and 12 properties will go from the Eau Claire school district to the Elk Mound district, he said.
The explanation for the reason the properties will change school districts is rather complicated, Wright said.
Some years back, perhaps as far back as the 1950s, there were orders issued about properties being located in the Elk Mound school district and the Eau Claire district, and the documents were sent to the county to be recorded, he said.
After that, the public record becomes murky.
Either the properties were never entered into the record or the information was never supplied, Wright said.
“We just don’t know,” he said.
At any rate, Eau Claire County will send notices to the individuals involved that their properties will be changing school districts, Wright said.
The change in school districts will not go into effect until the 2019 tax year to give property owners time to appeal, he said.
The notification letters are expected to be mailed out in November, Wright said.
Although the official “third Friday in September” count of students did not occur until September 21, the number of students in the school district reported at the September 17 school board meeting was 1,203.
The number, which was the same student count as last year, could change after the third Friday count, Wright said.
A demographic study was conducted several years ago, and out of the four methods used, three methods predicted Elk Mound’s student count would decrease, and one method indicated the student count for this year would increase, he said.
The baseline estimated 1,185 students; the five-year trend estimated 1,191 students; the two-year trend estimated 1,194 students, and the kindergarten trend estimated 1,206 students, Wright said.
According to the population study on the Elk Mound school district’s website, the baseline, five-year and two-year trends estimate the student enrollment will decrease gradually until 2026-2027 as compared to today’s enrollment The kindergarten trend, however, indicates an increase in enrollment of about 50 by 2026-2027 over the estimate for this year.
The population studies can be found on the Elk Mound school district website under the district tab on the main page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the population studies.
In other business, the Elk Mound Board of Education:
• Recognized Emily Crossman for her notable educational contributions. Crossman is a special education teacher at Mound View Elementary. She is “always willing to help and go above and beyond,” Wright said.
• Learned three-year-old screening would be conducted on September 21.
• Learned Homecoming Week would be October 1 through October 5, with a pep rally at 1 p.m. October 5, and a parade following the pep rally, weather permitting. The Homecoming dance will be Saturday evening, October 6.
• Learned that VFW 7232 had donated new flags again this year for Mound View elementary and Elk Mound middle school.
• Learned ALICE active shooter response training had been completed in all three buildings on September 14.
• Learned former Green Bay Packers player LeRoy Butler would be doing a presentation for the middle school and high school students September 26.
• Learned the Elk Mound Booster Club’s annual craft sale will be held October 20.
• Approved on a second reading the pre-explusion option for Policy 447.3.
The Elk Mound Board of Education meets next on October 22.