Just under a month into the school year, the Vernon School District has received some much-needed good news with its enrolment numbers.
As of Thursday, the district’s enrolment is up 99 students from a projected decline of 176, resulting in a net decline of 77 students from last year.
“Enrolment isn’t finalized until Sept. 30, but it’s good news for us,” said superintendent Joe Rogers, at Wednesday’s district board meeting.
“This increase in student enrolment combined with the smaller decline projected for the next four years is very positive news for the district.”
Elementary enrolment has increased by 52 students and secondary by 47 students. Total kindergarten to Grade 12 regular enrolment is currently at 7,729 students.
Alternate school and online enrolment is continuing to grow as mature students, upgrading students and home-school students enroll in individual courses and programs. The district currently has 150 students enrolled in alternate programs, while 1,1108 aboriginal students are in both elementary and secondary classrooms, 14 per cent of the district enrolment.
The district also has 193 international students.
Total enrolment for all programs is 8,075 students.
Turanski remain concerned about the declining enrolment but is hopeful the trend continues to improve as is indicated in its forecasting reports.
“Given the improved enrolment numbers, the board has stated the district will not be closing schools for the 2014-2015 school term,” he said.