Fayette’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.