CHIPLEY -- After seeing struggling numbers in past years, student enrollment numbers in the Washington County School District (WCSD) are showing some stability, according to a school district report.
"We're holding stable," Superintendent Joseph Taylor said at Monday's school board meeting. "It's better than a loss. We have been at a loss in the past."
According to the report, enrollment has remained nearly constant since the beginning of the school year, dropping only slightly from 3,247 district students to 3,238.
Also at the meeting, Taylor presented Vernon High School student Payton Poppell and Chipley High School student Alexandria Brown with certificates, recognizing them as 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar Nominees for Washington County. Poppell, the nominee for academics, is an early admit student who has a weighted GPA of 4.45 and is active in ROTC. Brown, the nominee for career and technical, is the state vice president of Future Business Leaders of America, holds three industrial certifications, and has a weighted GPA of 4.04.
In other business, health staff presented a school health report that showed the district meeting or exceeding state standards in terms of screening and meeting student health needs.
Acknowledging the staff's success, School Board member Terry Ellis then asked what was the greatest concern to WCSD's student health.
Students are sicker than in previous years, with higher rates of obesity, one official responded. According to the report, 34-percent of students in 1st, 3rd and 6th grades are obese; compared to the state's 18.5 percent.