Enrolment Up Slightly in PG School District
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.
“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.