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.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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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.
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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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