2018-10-11 / Community

Unofficial Fall Count 2018 numbers are in

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

HURON & TUSCOLA COUNTIES - Local area public K-12 schools have reported their unofficial Oct. 3rd 2018 Fall Count Day numbers.

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

• BAD AXE

According to Superintendent Greg Newland, Bad Axe’s unofficial count is 953.51, which is an increase of 29 students from last count day.

“This can be attributed to the addition of our Young 5’s Program, school of choice,” Newland said, “and new students enrolling in the district.”

Bad Axe was unofficially at 935.48 going into the 2017-2018 school year. The 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.

• CASEVILLE

Superintendent Ken Ewald reported that Caseville’s unofficial 2018 Fall Count numbers are 270. Last year’s unofficial count was 274; the unofficial count in Caseville Country in 2016 was 285 for the K-12 grades, plus 18 pre-school children.

• ELKTON-PIGEON-BAY PORT LAKER

Superintendent Brian Keim said: “Our unofficial count stands at 921. This represents a modest increase over last year’s blended count of 912, and our 4th consecutive year of increased enrollment at Lakers. We’ve also entered into a shared-time partnership with Cross Lutheran School, which brings their 26 students under our count as well. Under shared-time provisions, both Laker and Cross will receive state funding for the elective classes offered to those students. Those classes include art, physical education, music and technology. With the Cross Lutheran School students included, our total count stands at 947.”

The unofficial count from 2017 showed 917. In 2016, 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. 3 was about 490 K-12.

“We are down a small amount from last year at the high school and up a bit at the elementary,” Dr. Bishop said. “Our largest graduating class in years went through last year and is being followed by our smallest graduating class in years. After this year, our classes appear to be more ‘regular’ in size.

The total overall unofficial count on Oct. 4, 2017 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 had 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 the 2017-2018 school year: elementary 170; middle school; 105; high school 222; total 497.

In 2016, then 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 (PT. AUSTINKINDE)

North Huron reports 2018 unofficial numbers: Elementary (K-5) 150; Secondary (6-12) 218; Total for the district (K-12) 368.

Superintendent Martin Prout reported 456 students in Kinde just after the 2017 unofficial overall count: with 240 in 6-12; 180 in K-5; and 36 full-time 3- and 4-year-olds (also averaging about 20 infants and toddlers daily in the early learning center, which North Huron runs). For the 2016-2017 school year in Kinde, the unofficial count was 450.

• OWENDALE-GAGETOWN

Superintendent Terri Falkenberg reported an unofficial overall K-12 count of 148.

Falkenberg said, “I think you will find that the overall counts will be either just slightly up or just slightly down in most districts. Overall, the number of students in the county continues to decrease each year. We also have a migrant population and some years those students remain through count and some years they leave early, so it is normal that count flexes a bit year to year. We are within our budgeted count.”

In 2017, Falkenberg reported an overall K-12 count of 152. In 2016, Owen-Gage also had an unofficial count of 152.

• UBLY

Ubly Community Schools Superintendent Joseph Candela said the Bearcat count numbers on Oct. 3, 2018 was 650, down from 705 last year.

Candela said, “We had a large graduating class last year and a smaller kindergarten class enroll this year. This was the main reason for our loss in student count.”

Candela reported last year for the unofficial Bearcat count numbers on Oct. 4, 2017 was 708 - up from the previous fall’s 701.

• UNIONVILLE-SEBEWAING AREA

Superintendent George Rierson has reported that the unofficial count numbers for USA Schools is 715.

“That is down from 730 in February, but about five students more than we had estimated,” he noted.

Rierson reported unofficial count numbers for USA Schools in 2017: elementary (K-5) 316; middle school 160; and high school 259; for a total enrollment of 735. In 2016, 750 students were counted in Unionville and Sebewaing.

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