Enrollment in the Miami Public Schools is down 68 students from last year at this time.

Supt. Loretta Robinson said a total of 2,533 students were in the district's schools on Sept. 8, compared to 2,601 in 2010.

One reason, she said, is the first grade classes are down 49 students - 157 versus 206 last year.

Robinson said parents are still enrolling children in school and will have a better figure to give to the board at its October meeting.

In other business:

Robinson said the State Board of Education has accredited the district for 2011-2012 with no deficiencies. Also, the 2010-2011 school improvement status lists no MPS sites on the school improvement list.

The board recognized Ken Brodrick for 16 years of service to MPS students and the DARE Program.

The board received a look at changes being made to the Miami High School Marching Band, which is eliminating the sash and adding black gloves and black sleeves.

Robinson said the MHS graduation ceremony will be May 19, 2012, in the Miami Activity Center. "We have a smaller class this year so we want to hold it in the MAC," she said.

The board approved 10 fundraisers.

The board approved the Comprehensive Local Education Plan for 2009-2014.

The board approved a contract between the district and City of Miami on behalf of the Miami Police Department for the School Resources Officer for the 2011-2012 school year.

The board approved a new account for Miami High School Class of 2015.

The board approved the GT Advisory Committee and Professional Development Committee members for the 2011-2012 school year.

Joey Williams, School Resource Officer, told the board there are only a few firms that provide dogs for drugs inspection. He recommended MPS stay with Dogs Against Drugs for the 2011-2012 school year for $610.

He said they haven't had any hard hits in the six years he has been the school resources officer.

The dog does an unannounced visit four times a year.

The board approved the contract.

The board approved the Estimate of Needs for 2011-2012, which include $19,141,307.74 in General Fund; $1,362,410.40 in Child Nutrition Fund; and $1,356,291.03 in Building Fund.

Robinson said the district still has a capacity to bond for $4.25 million before it is maxed out.

The board approved to have the school calendar calculated by hours per House Bill 1864.

The board tabled the Affinity Marketing Agreement between MPS and Arvest Bank.