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School enrollment numbers continue to rise

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Brooke Ninemire

Staff Writer

If enrollment numbers are any indication, it seems area schools can look forward to a good year.

In Fulton County both the Viola and Salem school districts have increased their numbers since the state assessed third quarter average enrollment figures for the 2006-2007 school year.

Viola Superintendent John May said the state periodically visits each school across Arkansas and takes a "snapshot" of the number of students attending.

During Viola's quarterly end of year assessment, the state averaged 410 students enrolled at the close of the 2006-2007 year, he said.

"As of right now, there's 196 (students enrolled) in the high school, and 231 (students enrolled) in the elementary," May said. "An increase of 17 is good for us."

Salem Superintendent Ken Rich was also happy to report an enrollment increase in comparison to last year's third quarter average.

Rich said the Salem School District had 770 students according to last year's third quarter average, but the first of this year shows an increase with 421 students in the elementary school and 363 students in the high school.

It is the same within Izard County.

Izard County Consolidated Superintendent Fred Walker said his current enrollment reflects an increase of seven students. "Last year's third quarter figure was 538 students. Right now we have 545 in the district," Walker said.

Gerald Cooper, superintendent of the Melbourne School District, said though the school's current enrollment figures do not show an increase, the numbers are approximately the same as last year's third quarter numbers.

"The numbers seem to change everyday," Cooper said. "(Compared to last year) we'll be under a couple then over a couple the very next day. But right now we're pretty much even with last year. Right now we have about 845 students."

The area public schools are not the only educational institutions with a good report.

According to a Sept. 10 press release issued by Ozarka College, the school has once again set enrollment records.

Ozarka's Vice President of Student Services Ron Helm said there were 1,217 students currently enrolled in the college. "That is about 150 more students than last fall which was a record for the institution," Helm said.

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