School enrollment, Lenawee County 02.16.2011

Written by David Green.

SchoolEnrollment2010-11By DAVID GREEN

Madison has been at the forefront of school enrollment news for more than a decade as the district transformed from one of the smallest in the county to the fourth largest.

This year is no exception—Madison experienced more growth than any district in Lenawee County and is still gaining on Onsted—but there’s other significant news.

Sand Creek jumped two notches upward to bypass Hudson and Addison. Five years ago Addison’s enrollment stood just under 1,200 students. This year it fell by another 28 to 926.

Hudson has dropped by 135 in the past five years, and even Sand Creek has fallen from 976 to 930.

It’s the same story everywhere except Madison where the average class size has now reached 116. This year’s kindergarten class numbers 168 where Onsted’s is at 109.

In kindergarten through grade eight, Madison has 1,125 enrolled. Onsted trails at 1,052. This year’s senior class at Madison is likely to be the last one in the 70s at 77—smaller than Blissfield, Clinton, Hudson and Sand Creek. But next year’s graduating class might be the last one in the 80s.

A big part of Madison’s growth continues to come from the Schools of Choice option. In the previous school year, Madison took in 590 students from outside its boundary. This year the number increased to 674. On the other hand, 224 Madison students choose to go elsewhere—mostly to Adrian—for a net increase of 450.

Madison leads the Schools of Choice charge—45 percent of the students in its classrooms are from other districts—but Britton isn’t far behind. Forty-three percent of the students in Britton’s school are from elsewhere.

At Sand Creek, it’s 35 percent and at Clinton 19 percent.

Morenci continues to lose students to Sand Creek—32 are Aggies this year—and 16 attend Hudson. Morenci gains eight from Hudson and nine from Sand Creek. For many years the district benefitted from Schools of Choice, but last year the net loss was 16 and this year it’s 19.

A total of 36 students attend school in Morenci from other districts, including 16 from out of the county—presumably from Waldron—while 55 go elsewhere.

As a percentage of overall enrollment, Deerfield was hit the hardest by this year’s decline. A loss of 35 students represented an 11 percent decline, but Deerfield is joining forces with Britton in consolidation starting July 1.

Morenci was next hardest hit at 5.7 percent. This year’s senior class is the smallest since the mid-1950s with only 44 students. The sixth grade class is also in the 40s, while four other grades are between 50 and 53.

The kindergarten class, however, shows some strength at 68.

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Station.2
    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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