BULLHEAD CITY — Enrollment is up by more than 100 at Colorado River Union High School District campuses, governing board members learned Monday evening.
Supt. Riley Frei said the first-week counts are “good news,” as they show a districtwide increase.
Mohave High School’s enrollment was at 1,251; it ended the 2016-2017 school year with 1,125 students.
River Valley High School was at 567, up 46 from the end of last school year.
CRUHSD Academy’s enrollment of 151 represents a drop of 25 from the end of 2016-2017. District spokesman Lance Ross said some students at the academy took summer courses for credit recovery or to get ahead academically.
Frei said that an improving local economy and housing that remains relatively inexpensive probably contributed to the growth.
Frei also provided an updated timeline and architectural drawings related to projects the CRUHSD is undertaking with money from a bond issue that voters approved in November.
The Colorado River Schools Field House, a multipurpose athletic building that will house Mohave and RVHS sports and potentially other events, will be built west of the Bullhead City Target store, north of a future Bullhead Parkway extension and second Laughlin bridge.
Ross said that plans are for access roads to the field house to be built in conjunction with the Parkway extension to a future bridge to Laughlin, which would save both the school district and the city government money.
Features from the fieldhouse, shown in last week’s renderings, include an indoor soccer/football field with synthetic turf, up to 5,000 permanent seats, two permanent home locker rooms, eight smaller locker rooms for tournaments, two dedicated technology classrooms and a large commercial culinary kitchen.
Improvements at MHS include a new reception area on the east side of the campus, renovation of the existing cafeteria into an internet cafe and new sand volleyball courts on the south side of the athletic field. Preliminary work on some of those projects is underway.
At River Valley, improvements will include renovation of the existing library/network room into a new media technology center/internet cafe, renovation and expansion of the weight
room, an exterior paint refresh and construction of a new synthetic-surface track.
The timeline is similar to that at Mohave.
During a pre-meeting workshop, board members discussed updating guidelines for the honors programs at River Valley and Mohave.
The honors program is a path to valedictorian and salutatorian eligibility, as well as graduating with honors, Ross said.
The board will be drafting an honors program contract for parents and students, spelling out what is expected academically, and determining the minimum grades necessary for eligibility.
The proposal is expected to be presented for approval at the board’s Sept. 11 meeting.
The board also spent a considerable amount of time reviewing revisions to a proposed stipend schedule for employees who lead extracurricular activities, with the goal of achieving equity between MHS and RVHS. Final action was deferred until September so that some additional fine tuning could be presented to the board.
Also at the meeting, Frei said the new chiller and air conditioning system at Mohave are working well.
He told board members that it’s a brand new system that is going through old pipes but exceeding expectations.
The Arizona School Facilities Board paid the roughly $400,000 cost of the project.