Gary schools stem en­roll­ment losses

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Mered­ith Co­lias-Pete Post-Tri­bune mco­l­[email protected] Twit­ter @mered­ith­co­l­ias

The Gary Com­mu­nity School Corp. has made progress stem­ming the mas­sive an­nual ex­o­dus of stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to the state.

Fig­ures re­leased re­cently show Gary had 5,056 stu­dents on Sept. 15, ac­cord­ing to the In­di­ana Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

That num­ber in­cludes 472 stu­dents at Roo­sevelt High School, a spokesman said.

Eric Par­ish, vice pres­i­dent at MGT Con­sult­ing, said via email that moves so far to shore up fi­nances, im­prove teaching and cre­at­ing the new mid­dle school are help­ing to boost con­fi­dence.

He said Gary’ s en­roll­ment count — mi­nus Roo­sevelt — showed it had 4,584 stu­dents this fall, 97 fewer stu­dents than the prior year.

Gary’s en­roll­ment count in 2017-18 showed it lost about 535 stu­dents, which meant about a $4 mil­lion drop in state fund­ing.

This year, en­roll­ment for mid­dle and high school stu­dents re­mained steady fol­low­ing Wirt-Emer­son’s clo­sure and the open­ing of Gary Mid­dle School.

West Side Lead­er­ship Academy had 1,103 stu­dents in Septem­ber, com­pared to al­most 1,200 be­tween both high schools last year.

The district moved six­thto eighth-grade stu­dents to Gary Mid­dle School in Au­gust. En­roll­ment there was 994 stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to the district.

The district had just over 960 stu­dents in those grades in 2017-18, records show.

Else­where in North­west In­di­ana, Ham­mond con­tin­ues to be the area’s largest pub­lic school district in Lake and Porter coun­ties with 12,500 stu­dents.

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