At the annual Report to the Public, Southside School District leaders shared information with patrons and the Southside School Board. The meeting included performance on state mandated assessments, progress towards school goals, and the use of federal funds.   Highlights of the reports include:

  • District enrollment of K-12 students is 1998.  This is an increase of 491 students over the last ten years.  When including preschool students, the population is 2254.

  • Southside Charter High School serves 434 students in grades 10-12.  Continued partnerships with area industry and employers are providing new opportunities for students:  banking, agribusiness, aviation, criminal justice, nutrition/food safety, and supply chain/logistics.  Project Future Story has now saved families in excess of $300,000 in industry certification training and college tuition.

  • Southside Junior High serves 482 students in grades 7-9.  New curriculum opportunities include an Aviation program for students.  The curriculum begins in grade 9 and continues through high school.  The building will be implementing the new charter model with the assistance of a 1.25 million dollar grant.

  • Southside Middle School serves 468 students in grades 4-6.  Enrichment programs include a strong focus on technology to prepare students for success in virtual/remote learning scenarios.

  • Southside Elementary serves 607 students in grades K-3.  The school will be utilizing two LMS systems for remote/virtual learning:  K-1 students will use SeeSaw; grades 2-3 will use Google Classroom. 

  • Preschool enrollment is 256 from infant to school age.  Infant and toddlers rooms are currently at capacity.  Spots are open for students age 2 ½ and up. With essential worker vouchers, over 90% of families receive a funding source for child care costs.

  • The HIPPY Program served 90 families with 4 home based educators.  The program is open for children that turn 3 years old before December 31st.

  • The Gifted/talented program serves 96 students in grades 4-12.  All students in K-3 are  served through whole-class enrichment for 30 minutes once per month by a GT certified teacher.

  • The district operates 23 bus routes on a daily basis.

  • Annual budget is $18 million.

  • Board of Directors:  Brad Cummings, Vonda Halford, Tony May, Eric Low, Fred Denision

Full Reports from the public event can be found on the Southside School District’s web page.