This years high school freshman class grew, while other grades held steady

With the beginning of classes earlier this month, overall enrollment in the Crook County School District grew slightly this year compared to the previous school year.

Enrollment in the CCSD for the week ended Sept. 9, 2013 was 3,296 students.

At Crook County High School (CCHS) first-year principal Michelle Jonas has seen total enrollment grow by 6 percent over the 2012-2013 school year. She attributes the growth in enrollment to a larger freshman class and the $100,000 grant recently received by Facebook for technology upgrades.

“I believe the jump in freshman enrollment is the result of two factors — students and parents understanding and appreciating our rigorous and wide-ranging course offerings, and the wonderful technology improvements we’ve been making as a result of the $100,000 grant received from Facebook.”

Earlier this year, Facebook received Business Energy Tax Credits that were the result of their Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. Facebook donated the $100,000 in credits in a pass-through payment to CCHS and the Crook County Foundation.

Another positive indicator is that CCHS’s Advanced Diploma program increased this year by 45 students. Students in this program are dual-enrolled in both the high school and college, essentially earning college credits while saving money on college tuition.

At the elementary school level, enrollment is holding steady over last year. Middle school enrollment is down by 2 percent.

Enrollment at the Powell Butte Community Charter School remains flat. The Insight Online Charter School enrollment trend is difficult to determine at this point.

“This is the second year of operation for the Insight Online Charter School, so we don’t have enough history to determine a pattern. Last year, the enrollment increased steadily throughout the year and we expect the same this year,” said Duane Yecha, CCSD Superintendent.

The CCSD budgeted for 3,614 students in the 2013-2014 school year and, as of Sept. 9, had total enrollment of 3,296 students. The drop in enrollment isn’t concerning to Yecha however.

“Overall, total enrollment is slightly below budget, slightly above last September, and is expected to increase somewhat due to the (anticipated growth in) online charter enrollment.”

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