Fayette school enrollment holds steady 2011.10.19

Written by David Green.

Fay.enroll.2011Fayette’s school enrollment stayed fairly steady from a year ago, showing a net loss of just three students.

Last year’s extra-small kindergarten class grew by three students to 22 first graders, but still remains the smallest class in the district. It’s only two students smaller than the fourth grade that shrunk by two students from a year ago.

The biggest drop in the elementary school is shown in the sixth grade that decreased from 34 to 30 since last year.

This year’s kindergarten class of 43 is more than double last year’s unusually small 19.

The total high school enrollment grew by five despite showing a net loss of nine students from last year’s classes. The difference is that a graduating class of 36 was replaced by the big seventh grade class of 52. That class is the only one in the 50s.

This year’s sophomore class experienced the biggest change of any, falling by six from a year ago when they were freshmen.

“Open enrollment continues to hurt us,” said Lacy Stambaugh, who handles enrollment documentation for the district. “We have 35 students who open enroll out to other schools while only 19 open enroll in.”

Fayette has 25 students enrolled in preschool this year, down from 33 a year ago.

Although the class is still affiliated with the Northwest Ohio Community Action Center, students are housed in the Fayette building this year rather than in Pulaski.

Stambaugh sees this as an advantage in helping students grow accustomed to the building before they start kindergarten next year.

Preschool fees are based on family income.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Front.poles
    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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