Last week the Plymouth School Board conducted its monthly public meeting and received information on the Enrollment Report from Assistance Superintendent Jill VanDriessche. 

The state’s official count day was September 16th.  VanDriessche said the unofficial number is 3,183 students but the state has not certified the number yet.   Last year on count day the Plymouth School Corporation had 3,271 students.  This shows a decrease in enrollment of 88.  The spring count day is February 1, 2023.

The IDOE uses the counts to determine the school year 2022-2023 funding for charter schools and school corporations.

Superintendent Mitch Mawhorter reported on the Certified Staff Evaluation scores for the 2021-2022 school year.  He said it is the corporation’s policy to each year evaluate and report the results.   

There were 101 teachers found to be Highly Effective, 124 teachers were rated Effective, and 3 teachers were scored as Improvement Necessary.  There were no teachers rated Ineffective. 

The Plymouth School Board also adopted a resolution to withdraw from the Joint Education Service in Special Education (JESSE) cooperative.  Superintendent Mawhorter said the intention is to begin withdrawing from JESSE over the next 18 months.  He said he believed the corporation could better serve the students without the assistance of the organization and funds spent for the services can be used to provide services to the Plymouth students.  He also said the space in the Lincoln Education Center where JESSE is housed can be used to increase course offerings. 

The Plymouth School Board unanimously approved the resolution to withdraw from the JESSE Cooperative.