Cherokee School District officials expressed cautious optimisms that student enrollment could be up a bit in the fall, in contrast with sharp declines that have occurred over several years.
Cherokee School Board members were informed on Monday that , so far, parents have indicated 85 children will be entering kindergarten when school starts. The graduating class in May had 81 students.
Larry Hunecke, Washington High School principal, said that so far, there have been no requests for high school records transfers to other high schools. Larry Weede, Cherokee Middle School principal, noted that there has been one request for records transfer for a middle school student but he knows of at least two new students coming into the district.
All of this is positive but John Chalstrom, superintendent, cautioned that the district won't know for certain what the enrollment for the district will be until the official count on Oct. 1. He said that the sharp decline in enrollment last year from the pervious year was something of a surprise. A decline had been expected but not the level that occurred.
There were 1,053 students at the start of the 2005/06 school year which went to 1,009 at the start of the 2006/07 school year.
Enrollment determines funding for the general budget. School districts receive a per-pupil amount through a combination of state aid and local property tax determined by state formula.
Other good news reported at the Monday board meeting was that six of the nine students who took Advanced Placement Biology at WHS last year were able to achieve a high enough score in a special test to receive college credit.
Hunecke assured the board that this was an unusual achievement and he commended the students and their teacher, James DeVos, for the accomplishment.