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Report: county schools got 587 new students

Jefferson High School and the new ninth-grade center had the highest number of new enrollees.

Jefferson High School and the new ninth-grade center had the highest number of new enrollees.

December 04, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A total of 587 new students enrolled in the Jefferson County School system this year, another sign of the system's rapid growth, Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols said Tuesday night.

The figure is included in the 2002 State of the Schools Report, a comprehensive review of the school system that was ordered by new members of the Jefferson County Board of Education.

The figure of new enrollees is different from overall enrollment, which was estimated to be up by about 200 students this year, Nichols said.

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The overall enrollment is lower because it accounts for students that move in and out of the school system, Nichols said.

New enrollees are broken down by school and grade in the report.

Jefferson High School, which has been at least 200 students over capacity in recent years, had the highest number of new enrollees, the report said.

The school's 10th-grade class had 57 new enrollees this fall and the 11th grade had 51 new enrollees, the report said.

The newly opened ninth-grade center had 47 new enrollees.

Charles Town Middle School had the next highest number of new enrollees. The eighth grade saw 27 new students, seventh grade took in 26 more students and the sixth grade received 25 more students, the report said.

Systemwide, the grade that had the largest number of new enrollees was second grade, with 58 new students, the report said.

If the 587 new enrollees are divided by a classroom size of 25 students, it shows that the school system added the equivalent of 231/2 rooms of students this year, the report said.

"And that's not building anything," Nichols told school board members. "We are growing and we are growing rapidly."

While student numbers are increasing, pupil-to-teacher ratios have remained within acceptable levels, Nichols said.

The lowest pupil-to-teacher ratio was 17.5-to-1 at the kindergarten level and the highest was 29.5-to-1 at the seventh-grade level, the report said.

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