BP school enrollment swells to nearly 800 students
"It's a different world out there," commented new Blooming Prairie Schools Superintendent Chris Staloch as he walked the halls of the high school.
Staloch officially became the Blooming Prairie superintendent on July 1, succeeding Barry Olson.
Across town, Jacob Schwarz was starting his first day as principal of the Blooming Prairie Elementary School, a building Staloch had led previously for 11 years. "The staff here is phenomenal," remarked Schwarz.
"Go have a donut," BP High School Principal John Worke encouraged some high school students ready to start their day. Junior class members doled out lots of donuts before the opening bell ring.
Staloch said the first-day enrollment nearly reached 800 students. "At this moment we have 794 students in kindergarten through 12th grade," said Staloch.
The elementary school enrollment on the first day was 428 and the high school enrollment for grades 7-12 was 366. Julie Naatz, elementary secretary, reported preschool enrollment at 84.
The district counts 94 staff members, 62 teachers and 32 non-teachers.