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Enrolment Up Slightly in PG School District

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 @ 5:47 AM

Prince George, B.C. – The numbers are only preliminary, but it appears there’s been a slight increase in enrolment in the Prince George School District.

“Its’ a good news story for us here in School District 57 because our numbers are as strong as last year or perhaps slightly higher than last year,” says superintendent Marilyn Marquis-Forster.school board

“A preliminary count has us at approximately 13,000 students and that’s just slightly higher than where we were with the head count a year ago at 12,941.”

She expects to confirm the final count sometime this month adding its always good news when school districts aren’t losing students.

“When school districts are holding their own with enrolment it’s always a good news story because it allows us to be stable and to move forward with the programs that we have in hand and to build upon them.”

As for why the numbers have appeared to have held, Marquis-Forster doesn’t know for sure.

“We hope that it means that the economy is doing fine here in Prince George and perhaps even growing. It’s usually reflective of a healthy economic community.”

Declining enrolment has been a story in the district for well over a decade. At one point the school district had over 18,000 students but a steady decline led to the closure of 24 schools from 2002-2010.



That is good news for the school district.

Maybe this should be news once they’ve done more then a ” preliminary count has us at approximately 13,000 students”

We’re talking a 0.0045 % increase.

Does this number include private schools and home schooled students ??

An increase of 59 Students in the district, especially when you consider the size of the district under normal circumstances would not be mentioned.

The fact that enrolments have decreased so dramatically over the past years makes any increase news.

The problem is, is that there is nothing on the horizon that would indicate that we are creating any jobs in this area, and therefore there is a good chance that these enrolments numbers at best will climb slowly.

    Even at 60 students that still translates to an increase of up to half a million dollars in the budget, way better than a decrease

      Another side note, more kids in the school district but we want to close 30 parks because there are less kids – park playground users – in the city?

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