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