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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow ENROLLMENT FALLS IN 5 AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS

ENROLLMENT FALLS IN 5 AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS

By Dick Mason

Observer Staff Writer

The La Grande School Districts enrollment decline has yet to hit bottom.

Early attendance figures indicate that the school districts enrollment is down substantially.

The district has 2,345 students, 111 fewer than a year ago. The decline means that the La Grande School District has lost 574 students since 1992-93 when it had an enrollment of 2,919.

The school district is one of five in Union and Wallowa counties which is reporting an enrollment decline.

Most of the La Grande districts decline can be traced to the high school, which has 771 students, 57 fewer than a year ago. The middle school has 394 students and La Grandes five grade schools have 1,180 students.

Central is La Grandes largest elementary school with 365 students. It is followed by Greenwood which has 326 students, Willow, 170, Riveria, 161, and Island City, 158.

La Grandes largest class is its fifth grade which has 200 students. Its smallest is its kindergarten which has 140 students. The kindergarten class is about 20 students smaller than La Grandes other grade school classes.

The kindergarten class is about 20 students less than what it has been in recent years, said Jay Rowell, the districts curriculum and personnel director.

La Grandes enrollment decline means that it will be experiencing a loss of revenue totaling more than $500,000. School districts receive about $5,000 from the state for each student.

Following is an overview of other school districts in the area.

ENTERPRISE

The district is down 15 students from the end of the school year. The number of students in kindergarten through eighth grade is down 35. Enterprise High School has 20 more students than last spring.

The Enterprise School District cut 10 full-time teachers in 2000-01 because of falling enrollment. Most of the cuts were at the grade school level.

JOSEPH

The school district has 300 students, down 15 from the end of the school year. The drop has been evenly distributed throughout the district. There are 118 high school students in grades 9-12, 87 students in grades 5-8 and 84 in kindergarten through fourth grade. In addition Imnaha Elementary School has 11 students.

ELGIN

The school district is down one student from a year ago.

Enrollment is down six at the high school and up five at Stella Mayfield School (kindergarten through eighth grade). The high school has 141 students and Stella Mayfield has 316.

The school districts enrollment picture continues to be clouded by small kindergarten classes. Stella Mayfield has 24 kindergartners this year and had just 22 a year ago. In previous years Stella Mayfield has sometimes had twice this number.

WALLOWA

Enrollment is down 10 from the end of the school year.

The school district has 308 students, 30 fewer than a year ago.

The school district has 157 students in grades 7-12 and 151 at the grade school level.

Wallowa has lost 76 students from the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year.

COVE

The school district has 218 students, about the same number it had a year ago.

The school district has 71 students in its high school. The high school lost a large senior class of 25 students last spring but this has been balanced by a large freshman class of 24 students.

Cove has 147 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

UNION

Enrollment is 472, up 12 from the end of the school year.

The high school (grades 7-12 ) and the elementary school (kindergarten through sixth grade) both have 236 students.

Last September enrollment was down 11 students from the fall of 2000.

NORTH POWDER

Enrollment is down 22 from the end of the school year.

The entire drop has been at the elementary school (kindergarten through eighth-grade) level. The elementary school has 134 students, 22 fewer than at the end of the school year. Powder Valley High School has 91 students, the same number it had at the end of last spring.

IMBLER

Enrollment is 313, up 13 from the end of the school year.

The high school (grades 7-12) has 160 students and the elementary school has 153 students.

The most significant increase was at the kindergarten level where enrollment jumped by six to 26 students.

 
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