Lenawee County school enrollment 2012.02.01

Written by David Green.

School enrollment2011-12

By DAVID GREEN

There are still more minuses than plusses in Lenawee County school enrollment numbers, but there’s an improvement over a year ago when only Madison showed a gain.

In the current year, Clinton, Hudson and Sand Creek all showed an increase in student numbers, while the perennial gainer—Madison—fell by two students. 

Madison did show a significant loss in the 2008-09 school year—along with everyone else except Britton—but generally the district keeps going up and up.

But don’t worry about the district’s decline. In this year’s kindergarten class, 186 students were enrolled, only 79 fewer than Tecumseh. Onsted, the third biggest district in the county, registered 108 kindergarten students.

Madison is closing in on Onsted for total enrollment. Onsted dropped by another 86 students this year and Madison stands just 40 students back from becoming number three.

Tecumseh draws closer to the county’s big district, Adrian, and now has only 220 fewer students.

There are a couple of other changes in this year’s enrollment chart.

Hudson gained 41 students and jumped ahead of Sand Creek and Addison. Addison continues to lose students and fell below the 900-mark this year.

Finally, with Britton and Deerfield joining forces, Morenci is now the smallest public school district in Lenawee County.

TCC—Clinton now has the biggest high school in the Tri-County Conference with 405 students. Morenci is the smallest—a little more than half of Clinton—at 217.

Whitmore Lake was on top a year ago followed by Madison. All of Madison’s high school classes are below 100, with the lowest at 79 in the senior class. Clinton will graduate 106 students, while Sand Creek isn’t far behind Madison with its 73 seniors.

Schools of Choice

What would the chart look like if the Schools of Choice option didn’t exist?

Adrian, of course, would still be on top, but it would be more than 900 above Tecumseh.

Blissfield and Madison would change places, with Blissfield falling to 1,164 and Madison plummeting by 487 students to 1,018.

Clinton would lose 162 students and drop below 1,000. Addison would gain 15 kids and once again have more students than Hudson.

Morenci, now suffering a net loss of 30 students through Schools of Choice, would increase by that much while Sand Creek would fall below with a loss of its 284 “guest” students.

Britton and Deerfield, for years the smallest districts in the county, would again become the smallest even with their merger.

Almost half of Madison’s students live outside the district—mostly in Adrian—and it also gives up 157 students to Adrian and 46 to Sand Creek.

Sand Creek is next in line with 36 percent of its student body living outside the district. In addition to the Madison students, Sand Creek has 228 from Adrian, 22 from Hudson and 36 from Morenci.

Britton-Deerfield is also a big gainer with 30 percent non-resident students. Nearly 200 students are from Tecumseh.

Even Morenci, suffering a net loss, has five percent of its students from elsewhere. Morenci has 19 students from inside the county and 19 from outside. It’s biggest loss is 36 students to Sand Creek and 23 to Hudson. Nine Sand Creek students study in Morenci and six from Hudson are here.

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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.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    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.
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    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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