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Four local school districts report enrollment gains

Enrollment for the 10 school districts in Union and Wallowa counties is holding its own despite a poor economy.

Student numbers are up in four school districts, unchanged in two and down slightly in four.

The news is best in the La Grande, North Powder, Cove and Elgin school districts, where enrollment is up. The jumps will improve the funding outlook for all four because Oregon school districts receive about $6,000 from the state per student.

La Grande’s enrollment increase was first reported in The Observer Sept. 9. Eight days later those preliminary numbers are proving firm.

The district has 2,207 students, 60 more than a year ago, a 2.7 percent jump. La Grande’s student count was 2,205 students a week ago.

“We are pleasantly surprised,’’ said La Grande Superintendent Larry Glaze of the 60-student increase.

The district’s biggest jump is at the kindergarten level, which is up 22 percent. La Grande has 199 kindergartners, 44 more than a year ago. Enrollment at the middle school is also up significantly. La Grande Middle School has 484 students, 31 more than a year ago.

The total number of students at the district’s three grade schools is up 12 at 898.

La Grande High School has 626 students, a drop of 27. The decline at LHS was anticipated because the senior class that graduated last spring was larger than this school year’s freshman class.

The North Powder district is reporting the biggest percentage increase, 8.8 percent. The district has 272 students, 24 more than The Observer reported Sept. 15, 2009. North Powder has 187 students in kindergarten through eighth grade and 85 high school students.

Enrollment in the Cove School District is up 6.4 percent. The district has 278 students, 18 more than a year ago. Cove’s biggest jump is at the elementary level. The district has 126 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, up nine from a year ago.

Cove High School has 106 students, seven more than a year ago. The district’s middle school level enrollment is down slightly. Cove has 46 students in grades seven and eight, two less than a year ago.

The Elgin School District has 381 students, two more than the The Observer reported a year ago. Elgin has 138 high school students and 243 in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Enrollment in the Enterprise and Joseph school districts is essentially unchanged from a year ago.

Enterprise has 395 students, 206 at the elementary level and 189 in grades 7 to 12. This is about the fourth straight year enrollment has been stable at Enterprise. The flat attendance follows a number of years of steep drops.

“After several years of declining numbers I’m excited to be flat,’’ said Enterprise Superintendent Brad Royse.

Joseph is reporting a total enrollment of 228 students, about the same as a year ago. Joseph has 151 students in kindergarten through eighth grade and 77 at its high school. Joseph High School’s student count is up 10 from a year ago.

The Imbler, Union, Wallowa and Troy school districts are reporting drops in enrollment.

Imbler has 342 students, down seven from a year ago. The 1.7 percent drop comes a year after Imbler’s enrollment jumped 48 students, a 13.7 percent increase. Imbler presently has 111 students in grades 9-12, 66 in grades 7-8 and 165 in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The Union School District’s student count is 379, down 10 from a year ago.

“This is about what we expected,’’ said Union Superintendent Mike Wood.

Union has 118 students in grades 9-12, 80 in grades six and seven and 181 in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Enrollment in the Wallowa School District is 249 students, down seven from a year ago. Wallowa has 108 students in grades 7 to 12, nine less than a year ago. It has 141 at the elementary level, up two from last year.

The Troy School District has seven students, two less than a year ago. The district has seven students in first through eighth grade. A year ago it had seven students in kindergarten through eighth grade plus two 12th-graders.

The seniors were completing their high school graduation requirements by taking online classes while enrolled in the Troy School District.

Normally Troy students attend Enterprise High School after completing eighth grade.


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