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Fall Count 2017 shows most districts up slightly

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

HURON & TUSCOLA COUNTIES - Local area public K-12 schools have reported their unofficial Oct. 4th 2017 Fall Count Day numbers.

According to the State of Michigan Department of Education, Count Day is when all public schools in Michigan tally the number of students attending their schools. Count information is critical to districts, because the count figures into state funding.

BAD AXE

According to Superintendent Greg Newland, Bad Axe is unofficially at 935.48 going into the 2017-2018 school year. From last year, the total is down about 35 or about 3.6 percent.

Last year’s unofficial fall count numbers for the 2016-2017 school year were: Elementary - 259.66; Middle School - 251.28; High School - 409.42; and Ascent - 49.86; for a preliminary total of 970.22; according to Superintendent Greg Newland.

CASEVILLE

Superintendent Ken Ewald reported an unofficial count of 274 at the board of education Oct. 11 meeting. That is about a 3.8-percent decrease.

The unofficial count in Caseville Country was 285 for the K-12 grades, plus 18 pre-school children, last year.

EPBP LAKER

Superintendent Brian Keim said, “Laker has seen its student count exceed our projections for the second year in a row. We had planned for 908 students and our unofficial count from yesterday showed us at 917.” This is about a one percent increase.

“This represents growth in each of our buildings across the district,” Keim added. “Due to this increase, we have also added a fourth section of 2nd grade.”

Last year, the unofficial numbers showed an overall K-12 count of 908 Lakers: with 418 in the elementary and 490 in the secondary.

HARBOR BEACH

Superintendent Dr. Shawn Bishop reported that the total overall unofficial count on Oct. 4 was K-5 Elementary is 172; 6-8 Middle School is 115; and 9-12 High School is 222; for a total of 509.

Dr. Bishop said these are unaudited and unofficial numbers and they include a small number of what Harbor Beach can claim for service as part of its local parochial school service.

The counts without the parochial additions for this year 2017-2018: elementary 170; middle school; 105; high school 222; total 497.

This is about a 2.6-percent increase over last year’s unofficial count.

Last year, Harbor Beach Community School Superintendent Lawrence R. Kroswek reported that the unofficial 2016-2017 count was high school 215, middle school 111, and elementary school 158 - for an overall count of 484 students.

NORTH HURON

Superintendent Martin Prout reported 456 students in Kinde from the unofficial overall count: with 240 in 6-12; 180 in K-5; and 36 full-time 3- & 4-year olds (also averaging about 20 infants and toddlers daily in the early learning center, which North Huron runs). This is an increase of about one percent.

For the 2016-2017 school year in Kinde, the unofficial count was 450.

OWENDALE-GAGETOWN

Superintendent Terri Falkenberg reported an overall K-12 count of 152. Last year, Owen-Gage also had an unofficial count of 152.

UBLY

Ubly Community Schools Superintendent Joseph Candela said the Bearcat count numbers on Oct. 4, 2017 was 708 - up from last fall 701 for about a one-percent increase.

USA

Superintendent George Rierson reported unofficial count numbers for USA Schools: elementary (K-5) 316; middle school 160; and high school 259; for a total enrollment of 735.

Last year, 750 students were counted in Unionville and Sebewaing, making for about a two-percent increase.

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