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.