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Carbon School enrollments increase

Creekview Elementary was one of the Carbon District schools to show higher enrollment.

Sun Advocate publisher

Overall Carbon School District's initial elementary school enrollment in the first week of classes is up from last year, according to Joan Atwood, the elementary school supervisor.

As of Friday, Bruin Point student numbers had gone up from 123 in the spring to 131 last week. Creekview showed a gain of 21 students from 523 from 502 last spring. Sally Mauro Elementary in Helper went from 441 to 464 over the summer.

The biggest increase in student numbers came at Castle Heights Elementary in northeast Price where the school gained 40 students over last spring registering 552 at Friday's count.

The only elementary to have fewer students coming through the door than last spring was Wellington Elementary, where in the spring they school had 352 students. On Friday the count was 337.

"It is exciting news," stated Atwood in an email to the Sun Advocate. "Enrollment is up from 1,930 in the spring to 2,007 this fall."

The numbers for the secondary schools came to the paper on Monday from secondary supervisor Judy Mainord. As of Friday Helper Junior High had 189 students, Mont Harmon Junior High showed an enrollment of 547, the Lighthouse High School had numbers that sat at 77 and Carbon High School reported 611 students in class on their campus.

"These (secondary) numbers usually settle down after Labor Day and we get a few more kids," commented Mainord.

The school year started off well, with some minor problems, as is usually the case. One that arose was that a teacher at one of the secondary schools announced he would not be back to work the week before school started, so administrators had to scramble to get the position filled.

The district's transportation system also worked well in the first week. They are now on the computerized system of routing which has helped the drivers in the picking up and dropping off of students. As usual there were some first day jitters, especially from parents who were sending their kids off to kindergarten for the first time.

The first day of school Wednesday was a half day affair with Thursday being a full day and Friday coming in as a planning day with school getting out early. By Thursday the experience of staff and teachers as schools showed as things returned to the normal routine that was evident at the end of last school year.

For the first time in a number of years, there were no changes in principal positions in the school district. The district administration also remained the same as last year as well.

Carbon School District consists of ten school buildings and four auxiliary facilities, including the five elementary schools (three are K-6, two are PK-6), two junior high schools (7-9), two high schools (10-12). Non-school facilities include administrative offices, maintenance building, transportation facility, and warehouse facility.

With secondary school counts included, the district reported that 3,423 students were attending school at their facilities last year.

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