Student enrollment still dropping

Continued drop expected for next four or five years

  • Oct. 13, 2011 2:00 p.m.

School enrollment numbers for secondary students are down again this year.

The number of classes at Timberline this year is 76 while it was 102 last year, and at Carihi 100 classes are in session this year, while 151 were last year.

School district 72 superintendent of instruction Tom Longridge said he expects to see a drop in enrollment numbers for the next few years as well.

“They’ll be going down for probably the next four to five years but you’ll see the elementary numbers start to rise,” said Longridge. “But we’re still going to see an overall decline, particularly in secondary.”

Although the final tally is not yet in, last year’s projected enrollment total for the district in 2011/2012 is 5,249. And Longridge said the numbers appear to be quite close to what was predicted.

The total projected enrollment for 2012/2013 is 5,147 students and 5,097 students for 2013/2014.

This school year the grade configuration was changed in anticipation of less secondary students.

“That’s why we looked at reconfiguring and having that reconfiguration process last year, in keeping our secondary schools viable and examining how we’re providing middle school education as well,” explained Longridge.

Elementary schools now have kindergarten to Grade 5 students, middle schools have Grade 6-8 and secondary schools have Grade 9-12.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Repaved stretch of Hwy. 19A dangerous, Campbell River cyclist says

Mayor says city could do better job at consulting with cyclists and other residents

Campbell River-area residents on the hook following fisheries violations

DFO announces convictions related to sea urchin, prawn fisheries

Campbell River arena first to switch to carbon dioxide from ammonia

Work to decommission refrigeration system at Strathcona Gardens now underway

VIDEO: Heroes highlighted in Campbell River

The 2nd annual Local Hero Awards took place on May 16 in Campbell River

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

PHOTOS: First responders in Fernie rescue baby owl who fell from nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

Most Read