It turns out that if you are truly poor and have a zillion brothers and sisters (give or take), the Pell grant covers 100% of community college, including books. So… so far we’re not paying for any of the relatives’ schooling. Although they screwed up with the books and forgot to order them, despite multiple calls to the people. Because the books are being bought via the grant, the school orders them for the students instead of the student being reimbursed… and they never actually checked to see that they were ordered when DH’s relative called, so the eldest daughter doesn’t have them. She is borrowing from a friend until they come in.
She got a nursing home job (yay!) and spent the summer working and saved up to buy a clunker. She will be working p/t to pay for her gas.
Already she says she likes community college classes a lot more than high school classes. I hope she does well. Right now she wants to transfer to a 4 year school (to major in architecture, but I’m hoping she’ll change her mind as there are very few job opportunities for architecture majors and it’s really hard to get into the architecture programs at the state 4-year schools).
Right now they have 1 student fewer than what they need with normal fundraising and minimal services (down 20 students from last year). The hope is to make up for it with extra fundraising.
The new head of school is professional and refreshingly not crazy.
Even better than that, the ineffective board president has been replaced by an extremely competent woman who is new to the board. She’s getting things done. She communicates professionally. She’s a pleasure to deal with. This was a new and unexpected pleasure. We foresee a positive trajectory for the school if these two women remain in charge of things.
There are 10 kids in DC1′s 2nd grade class, down from the 15 that were in the first grade class (including DC and hir best friend who were technically in K, but spent half the day in first). 10 is still a good number for a private school class and doesn’t require an additional aide, although DC says they have a student teacher helping out. The syllabus for the year that was sent home is intriguing. They’ll be starting junior great books and doing book reports and science reports and all sorts of exciting and fun stuff.
DC’s formal dress shirt for formal days still hasn’t come, so DH picked up a too-big used one that will do for hir while we wait.
So that’s our excitement. I sure hope it is a good year!
And one more
Remember my cousin who didn’t have the Catholic wedding? They’re expecting twins. :)