Enrolment drops in Vernon classrooms

District had projected a decline of 120 students, but that number has now dropped by another 75.

Since the start of the 2012/13 school year, enrolment numbers continue to change, with less than 8,000 students in the Vernon School District from kindergarten to Grade 12.

“Since our September 19 report, the numbers have changed and we are now at 4,492 elementary students and 3,324 secondary students, but if you add the projections for the alternate programs, we will be over 8,000 students, but this is the first time we’ve been under 8,000 students for kindergarten to Grade 12,” said district superintendent Bev Rundell.

“This decline is  a concern to our district as we want to continue to offer quality programs to our students.”

The district had projected a decline of 120 students, but that number has now dropped by another 75.

“There are a number of reasons, from people not moving in to our community to people leaving, so this is not a happy time for the district,” said Rundell.