SD 70 enrolment numbers decline

There are fewer students in public school in School District 70, superintendent Cam Pinkerton said.

There are fewer students in public school in School District 70 but a boost in enrolment in the Alberni Valley’s two independent schools, superintendent Cam Pinkerton said.

The development was announced by Pinkerton in his  report to trustees at their first meeting of the school year on Tuesday night.

According to Pinkerton, there are 3,700 students in SD70 schools, which is down from the 4,100 to 4,200 that were initially projected.

At the elementary level there are 75 students fewer than projected (1,681).

Middle schools saw the biggest dip, and were 56 students fewer than the 362 that were projected. AW Neill lost 51 students.

The high school is on target and is expected to have 1185-1200 full-time equivalent students.

The numbers should be taken with a grain of salt because it’s early in the year and updates occur daily. And distributed learning will see continued enrolment throughout the year, he said.

Nevertheless, the numbers are consistent with where the district has been at during this same time over the past three years.

A more solid enrolment projection can be made at the end of September.

Enrolment has increased simultaneously at John Paul II Catholic School and Haahuupayak independent schools, which could partly explain the dip in SD70 enrolment, Pinkerton said.

Responding to a question from trustee Glenn Wong about enrolment projections, Pinkerton said that district staff used formulas and algorithms as forecasting tools.

“We used them to project high school enrolment 15-20 years out before we built the new high school,” he said.

The projections predicted a dip, but they also anticipate an enrolment rebound in 2015, Pinkerton added.

reporter@albernivalleynews.om

Just Posted

VIDEO: Man extracted from vehicle eight hours after accident near Cameron Lake

People making pit stop at picnic area made crash discovery

Person extracted from vehicle accident in Cameron Lake

A person has been extracted today from a reported vehicle accident in… Continue reading

Seeing double, the trials and tribulations of twins

BIG READ: Three Vancouver Island mothers share their experiences with multiple births

Learn about Port Alberni’s mayoral candidates with new film series

Alberni Valley filmmaker Dallas Dalziel discusses key issues with candidates

City of Port Alberni issues water quality alert for Kitsuksis Creek area

Kitsuksis Creek residents urged to use alternate drinking water source

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

Most Read