Student numbers look stable

  • Sep. 23, 2009 2:00 p.m.

It looks like the sharp declines in student enrollment this school district has experienced over the past decade have finally levelled off. Superintendent Angus Wilson said final numbers won’t be available until the end of the month, but the preliminary enrollment looks good. “Overall, our numbers are stable and we are actually up at some of our schools,” he said. G.M. Dawson secondary, Queen Charlotte secondary and Sk’aadgaa Naay elementary all have more students this year than they did last year. Port Clements elementary is stable, Mr. Wilson said, with a surprising influx of 10 kindergarten students, the biggest kindergarten class there in many years. Enrollment is down slightly at Tahayghen elementary, and down more precipitously at A.L. Mathers. The Sandspit school, which serves grades K to 10, has only 30 students so far. “There was a time several decades ago when that school had 125,” Mr. Wilson said. The numbers will change as e-school and adult students register, he said. At this point, the number of full-time equivalent students in the district is 676, down just over four students from last year.

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