Students head back to classroom Monday

Chuck Kajer, Managing Editor

New Prague Area Schools and St. Wenceslaus School will welcome students back to the classrooms on Monday, Sept. 11.

The 2006-07 school year will see a number of changes in the district. Those changes begin at the top.

James Rouse began work last month as the district's interim superintendent. Rouse spoke with teachers and staff after a welcome back breakfast Monday, and highlighted his philosophies of education. School Board members Don Dvorak and Tom Fadden also spoke during the program.

Of course, the biggest and most anticipated changes are at the elementary level. The district is opening two new elementary schools - Raven Stream Elementary, on the west side of New Prague, and Eagle View Elementary, located on the western edge of New Market. Work on Eagle View is expected to be complete in about a month. Until then, students will attend classes at the Central Avenue Education Campus (formerly the intermediate school). Once students vacate that building, it will be remodeled for use as district offices. Other portions of the building will be used for Special Services, Community Education and Early Childhood programming.

All schools will have later start times this year. The middle school will be in session from 7:50 a.m.-2:40 p.m., the high school from 7:55 a.m.-2:35 p.m., and the three K-5 elementary buildings (Raven Stream, Eagle View and Falcon Ridge (the former Primary School) will be in session from 9:10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Attendance boundaries have been established for the three elementary schools. Students residing east of Scott County Road 23 and north of T.H. 19 will attend Eagle View. Those residing south of T.H. 19 and west of T.H. 21 will attend Raven Stream and those north of T.H. 19 residing between T.H. 21 and C.R. 23 will attend Falcon Ridge.

School construction will also affect the high school students, as work on a new addition to the high school is underway. Workers have completed the site preparation and work on the addition is expected to begin within the next month. The new addition will be ready for students in September, 2007.

The high school has several new policies in place. Cell phones will no longer be allowed in classrooms. Students must leave their phones in their lockers during the school day. In addition, the district will no longer accept deliveries, such as flowers and messages for students will be restricted.

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