Gary schools stem enrollment losses
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.