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Classes steady in North Okanagan–Shuswap
There are no major shifts in the number of students attending classes.
The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District projected that enrolment would be down 190 students this year, and it’s actually believed to be down about 150 to 160 students.
“It’s very close,” said Dave Witt, superintendent.
“Enrolment could go up later in the month as secondary students come back from prolonged holidays or have completed work.”
Total enrolment in the district is between 6,150 and 6,200 students.
The biggest influx this year has been in kindergarten where there are 412 students.
“Kindergarten enrolment is the strongest it has been in three years,” said Witt.
But the scene isn’t good in the secondary schools where a low birth rate and an aging population are taking their toll.
There are about 500 Grade 8 students and it’s projected there will be 620 graduates.
“You don’t have to go back too many years to find grad classes of 700 or 800 students,” said Witt.
Enrolment in the Enderby area has dropped.
“A.L. Fortune Secondary is down under 300 students,” said Witt.
“Last year, there was 330 students. They are being hit hard.”
There is no change in enrolment in Falkland while numbers are down slightly in Armstrong.
No major fluctuations in the student population means the district’s budget will remain relatively stable.
“With no surprises in projections, we’re in decent shape for funding,” said Witt.