En­rol­ment mon­i­tored at three schools

North Bay Nugget - - NORTH BAY NUGGET - JEN­NIFER HAMILTON-MCCHARLES

the Nipiss­ing-Parry Sound catholic district School board is closely mon­i­tor­ing the en­rol­ment at three of its North bay ele­men­tary schools.

Fur­ther de­clin­ing en­rol­ment is pro­jected at St. alexan­der, St. hu­bert and Mother St. bride schools by 2021.

St. alexan­der, lo­cated on bloem Street, is the board’s only ele­men­tary school at half ca­pac­ity, ac­cord­ing to the school board’s School ac­com­mo­da­tions re­port 2017, com­piled by ed­u­ca­tion su­per­in­ten­dent Paula Mann.

the kin­der­garten-to-grade 6 school is at 48 per cent oc­cu­pancy or 119 stu­dents, a de­crease of 10 per cent since 2014.

how­ever, the ac­tual phys­i­cal use of the build­ing is 100 per cent.

Six of the school’s 12 per­ma­nent class­rooms are be­ing used as reg­u­lar class­rooms. the re­main­der are used for spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, a Snoeze­len room, Na­tive sec­ond lan­guage, be­fore- and af­ter-school day care, a well­ness learn­ing hub and book room.

the school board also is ex­pect­ing en­rol­ment to drop at Mother St. bride and St. hu­bert.

en­rol­ment at Mother St. bride is ex­pected to drop to 129 in 2021 from the cur­rent 145.

a de­crease also is ex­pected to con­tinue at St. hu­bert.

the ele­men­tary school is ex­pected to grad­u­ally de­crease to 37 per cent or 125 stu­dents in 2021 from 55 per cent this year, ac­cord­ing to the board re­port.

“One of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors is the shift in stu­dent en­rol­ment due to the con­sol­i­da­tion of John XXiii and cor­pus christi Schools in a K-8 school.”

Our Lady of Fa­tima also is ex­pected to see a drop in stu­dents over the next five years.

the board notes that this school is the board’s only english pro­gram school in the West Fer­ris area.

but Mann notes that en­rol­ment at St. Luke and St. theresa in North bay is in­creas­ing.

en­rol­ment at St. Luke is fore­cast to rise to 312 stu­dents in the next five years and St. theresa is ex­pected to hit 367 by 2021.

Nipiss­ing-Parry Sound catholic District School Board en­rol­ment as of Sept. 12 Holy Cross 177, ca­pac­ity 260 Mother St. Bride 144, ca­pac­ity 282 Our Lady of Fa­tima 177, ca­pac­ity 285 St. Alexan­der 119, ca­pac­ity 282 St. Fran­cis 74, ca­pac­ity 135 St. Hu­bert 183, ca­pac­ity 335 St. Luke 265, ca­pac­ity 271 St. Gre­gory in Powas­san 144, ca­pac­ity 182 St. Theresa in Cal­lan­der 344, ca­pac­ity 279 St. Vic­tor in Mat­tawa 72, ca­pac­ity 127 Our Lady of Sor­rows in Stur­geon Falls 178, ca­pac­ity 256 St. Joseph-Scol­lard Hall 823, ca­pac­ity 1,299

JEN­NIFER HAMILtON-MccHARLES / THE NUGGET

St. Alexan­der Catholic School is at half ca­pac­ity, with en­rol­ment ex­pected to drop 29 per cent by 2021.

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