Superintendent Rick Lahn.

Morris Area High School will be starting the school year today with an enrollment of 487 students, a slight increase from 2017’s opening day figure of 480 students. Morris Area Elementary School opens its doors today with 555 students, up from last year’s opening day number of 543.

Morris Area Elementary was recently recognized as a school of excellence under the new North Star accountability system. Receiving this honor takes hard work, dedication and a commitment to student achievement, Superintendent Rick Lahn said in a statement.

A whopping 13 new teachers will begin duties in their classrooms in the district, and Superintendent Lahn told KMRS he is excited by the mix of veteran and new teachers that have been hired.

In addition to teaching faculty, the district also hired Peggy Jergenson as an office manager in the Elementary School, Lori Fangmeier as an office manager in the high school, and Brooke Malek as school nurse.

Over in Hancock, Principal Tim Pahl said the district will start the school year with 368 students, an increase of 24 students over the previous year. Hancock will have 206 elementary students and 162 high schoolers.

Visitors to the Hancock schools will need to report to the school office as part of new security measures being added this year.

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