Dear Ennis Mustang Families and Ennis Community,

We hope this letter finds you well and we appreciate all your support for the Ennis School District.  As always, this week was extremely busy.  There was a special school board meeting on Wednesday to discuss the bus driver shortage. The school board agreed to hire three individuals from the town of Virginia City to serve as route drivers for the VC bus route through this school year.   It is anticipated that these drivers will start around the first part of February once all certifications have been obtained.  We are thankful that our routes will be covered this year.  However, next year it looks like we may be short two route drivers.  Unfortunately, the labor shortage continues.  We are willing to be flexible with these routes and will entertain splitting a route between two bus drivers to do a morning or afternoon route.

Monday was a PIR day (pupil instruction related) where the staff primarily engaged in ALICE safety training.  ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.  Officer Moore is an ALICE certified trainer and was gracious enough to train the staff on his day off.  

Just a reminder that there is an Open House tomorrow from 1-3pm to tour the school facility.  We encourage folks to attend this  open house if there are questions about the bond election coming up and to become familiar with the facility. The open house will take place in the High School lobby.  If you are unable to attend, there are 11 video tours on the school website under the NEWS section.

I have been asked how a new JH/HS facility would improve academic programs as well as how it will ensure a quality staff. The new school design would offer ample opportunities for our staff and students with a facility that has adequate space to accommodate current and projected growth.  It would provide a safe and positive learning environment that will improve several site safety concerns (fire suppression, ADA, pick-up/drop-off, etc.) that have been identified with our current high school building and campus.  As you know, we have a lack of space in our High School to accommodate our current offerings.  For example, we instruct World Language above the library creating an environment not ideal for learning.  There are several classroom spaces with poor acoustics, no natural light, and that are well below the recommended square footage. With the enrollment projections, we will continue to outgrow our facility resulting in the lack of more classrooms putting staff and students at a disadvantage and disservice.   As far as quality staff, the district’s goal is to have quality staff in our school. We are very fortunate to have the staff we do!  If the bond is passed, the plan is to build affordable staff housing if bond proceeds allow.    

This week there have been additional covid cases reported to the school.  We are reporting these positive cases to the best of our ability with the information provided to us.  The following are the cases reported: ELEM-0, HS-3, JH-3, STAFF-4.  Some of these cases were reported to the school last Friday evening and several individuals have been released back to school.  We encourage you to please keep your kids at home if they are sick or exhibiting symptoms.  Just an FYI, there are upcoming vaccine clinics this Sunday in VC at the Virginia City Community Center from 10am-12pm and in Ennis at Burnt Tree Brewing from 1pm-3pm.  These clinics will cover flu shots, Tdap, pneumonia, shingles, and covid-19. 

Lastly, we wish you a great weekend!  I am very fortunate to be in this position with such a supportive and engaged school community.  We have all endured several bumps along the way, but it is obvious that we all care about our youth and our school system.  Thanks again!

Sincerely,

Casey Klasna - Superintendent