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Freshman class up by 40% at HVRHS

FALLS VILLAGE — Housatonic Valley Regional High School Principal Ian Strever told the Region One Board of Education that enrollment at the high school is up — unofficially.

The regional board held its regular monthly meeting online on Monday, Sept. 13.

Official enrollment numbers are calculated as of Oct. 1 each year. However, Strever told the board that on the first day of school, there were 101 freshmen, representing a 40% increase, and 344 total students, for a 9% increase.

The board accepted the resignation of North Canaan representative Brian Bartram, for unspecified personal reasons.

The board also accepted the resignation of Spanish teacher Gillian Fox, who took another job. Strever reported the position will be posted and said he hopes to have it filled quickly.

Facilities Manager Jeff Lloyd and Business Manager Sam Herrick reported on completed and current projects. 

Masonry work on the front of the building was completed and new soccer backstops and window shades were installed.

This fall the roof and gutters on the maintenance garage will be replaced, and the public address system will either be fixed up or replaced, depending on the condition of the loudspeakers.

There are 73 air purifiers in use throughout the building as a COVID-19 mitigation measure.

And a lighting upgrade is in progress.

Heating controls have been replaced, and two heat valves need to be replaced.

The board unanimously approved the hiring of Abigail Fisher in the new position of athletic trainer/athletic director assistant at a salary of $42,658 for the 2021-2022 school year. 

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