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August 27, 2008 3:00 pm

Lower grades fuel enrollment

Written by Tribune Staff

Powell opening day numbers up from last year
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Powell High School principal Bill Schwan (left) explains something during a student during freshman orientation last week as as Alice Pinter, Taylor Swensen and Alyssa Rodriguez listen. When school opened Monday, the PHS student body included 123 freshmen.
Tribune photo by Don Amend
Increased elementary enrollment helped push opening-day enrollment in the Powell School District above last year when students reported for school Monday.
A considerable increase in enrollment in the alternative high-school program at the Shoshone Learning Center also was a factor in the increase.
A total of 1,691 students were enrolled the first day, up from last year's enrollment of 1,674.
Elementary enrollment in the Powell's three elementary schools increased by 29 students over last year. Much of the increase is due to higher enrollment in the kindergarten and first-grade classes.
Southside has enrolled 294 students this year, while Parkside and Westside each has enrolled 231. Southside's larger enrollment stems from two new first-grade classrooms and one new kindergarten class authorized by the school board for this year, and the transfer of an additional kindergarten class created last year from Parkside School.
Clark School has 17 students attending, the same number as last year.
Powell Middle School's enrollment on opening day was 375, compared to 387 a year ago.
Powell High School also is down from last year, with 509 students enrolled. School opened last year with 534 students at PHS. The Shoshone Learning Center, however, has 34 students enrolled, compared to nine on the first day last year.
First grade is the largest class in the district, with 145 students enrolled. The smallest classes are the fourth, sixth and 10th grade classes, each of which has 118 students.
This week's enrollment numbers are tentative and tend to change during the first few weeks. Students who have left the district may not have officially transferred or dropped out as yet. Such students must be kept on the roll for 10 days before being dropped. In addition, students moving into the district may not have enrolled as yet.
The district will release an adjusted report after 10 days of school as required by state law.