Student numbers expected to rise

  • Sep. 19, 2003 4:00 p.m.

There are fewer students than expected in islands public schools right now, but the number is expected to increase in the next couple of weeks as adult learners register.
As of last Friday, 848 students were enrolled, about 58 fewer than anticipated, but district officials are expecting more.
“We are expecting that to increase substantially in the next few weeks,” said Superintendet of Schools Mike Woods, “its going to be close. We might be down a few.
Mr. Woods says adult registration is just winding up, and last year there were almost 90 adults. “We’ll have a better idea by next week,” he said.
Registration numbers are important to the district as provincial funding is based on how many students are enrolled as of September 30 each year. Last year, there were 960 students in school, the year before 966.
The district operates on a budget of about $9-million per year.