School Enrollment Numbers Steady

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Enrollments at local schools have remained steady since the end of the 2015-16 school year.

The Rector School District had 15 more students than the end of last year as of Friday, according to superintendent Johnny Fowler. Of the 605 kindergarten-through-12th-grade students, 325 were at the elementary school and 280 were at the high school.

The Piggott School District also has been consistent with its enrollment figures, according to superintendent Charlie Powell. Powell reported 880 students Friday, with 458 at the high school and 422 in the grade school.

"We stay right there in that range," Powell said.

The Marmaduke School District has seen a subtle decrease in enrollment numbers the last few months.

"They're actually not bad," said superintendent Tim Gardner. "They're about four students down from the last day last year." Gardner's snapshot enrollment for the 2016-17 school year included 755 students, 395 at the elementary school and 360 at the high school.

"That's not bad," he said. "I don't get bent out of shape over enrollment until after Labor Day."

Schools have until Oct. 1 to provide the Arkansas Department of Education the enrollments that will count as the official census figures used for certain funding and programs.

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