Enrollment at Wanette Schools is up this year by more than 20 students, the superintendent reports, as the district is also thankful for much-needed help on several projects from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Enrollment at Wanette Schools is up this year by more than 20 students, the superintendent reports, as the district is also thankful for much-needed help on several projects from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

So far, there are 180 students enrolled, Superintendent Silvia McNeely said, which is “phenomenal.”

A lot of things have been going on to get ready for the new school year; classes began last week.

McNeely said the school experienced a bout of vandalism last November, and since then, donations and help from CPN has resulted in the purchase of a security system for the school and other technology, which is now in place.

Other projects were ongoing over the summer. And with the district having a tight budget, CPN has been instrumental in helping the district with air conditioner repairs and plumbing issues, she said.

“Half of the units were down,” she said.

There's also been other programs to kick off the school year, including the First Baptist Church providing shoes for students, along with a backpack program.

McNeely said there is a lot of positive energy in place for a new school year.

For the first time this year, the Potawatomi language is being offered as a course, she said, and the Upward Bound program is continuing. Technology for a concurrent enrollment with Seminole State College is in the works for January.