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.