Enrolment down at OES, up at secondary school

Enrolment down at OES, up at secondary school

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Interior Health is expanding meningococcal disease immunization clinics in Oliver after a third person in the community contracted the disease. Initially, there were two students from SOSS who had the infection.

By Lyonel Doherty

Student enrolment is up at Oliver’s high school, but down at one elementary school.

An enrolment report released by School District 53 shows that Southern Okanagan Secondary School is up 25 students over last year at this time. The head count is currently 483.

Osoyoos Secondary School is down 11 students from last year. The head count there is currently 207.

Oliver Elementary School is down 37 students, with a head count of 334.

Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School is up 10 students. It’s head count is 258.

Overall, the district is up 91 students, from a head count of 2418 in September of 2016 to 2509 in September of 2017.

Superintendent of Schools Bev Young said Oliver Elementary has had continued enrolment increases since 2013.

She noted last year was a much greater spike than anticipated due to families from Alberta coming back to BC and some families from the Okanagan Correctional Centre.

“This year we did anticipate a lower number due to a larger Grade 7 class leaving and lower kindergarten numbers.”

However, in September of this year, numbers at Oliver Elementary were down even further than projected as there were fewer kindergarten students than what was anticipated. The school also reported that some families returned back to Alberta for work.

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