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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ According to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia O‚ÄôConnor, the ADM (Average Daily Membership) for WCCS is down with the number for total enrollment down 25.
‚ÄúWe had a large senior class graduating 292 and 241 first graders coming in so we have fifty-one kids right there,‚ÄĚ said O‚ÄôConnor. ‚ÄúThen we‚Äôve got ins and outs in each grade level, but nothing catastrophic.‚ÄĚ
O‚ÄôConnor said there were also 15 students who graduated early as well as six exchange students.
‚ÄúThe good news is last year we had 243 kindergarten students and this year we have 280 kindergarten students,‚ÄĚ said O‚ÄôConnor. ‚ÄúSo on the plus side, we have 37 additional students.‚ÄĚ
While the district is down in enrollment numbers, O‚ÄôConnor said the large number of kindergarten students is going to help WCCS receive additional funding.
‚ÄúAnother interesting statistic is we have 45 students from out of the district, and we have 91 preschool students, which is also good,‚ÄĚ said O‚ÄôConnor.
As far as class sizes are concerned, O‚ÄôConnor said WCCS is close to their target.
‚ÄúThe target size was between 18 and 22 for each class,‚ÄĚ said O‚ÄôConnor. ‚ÄúIf you look from school to school, we are in pretty good shape.‚ÄĚ
According to O‚ÄôConnor, most classes that tend to be large are the advanced classes.