Budget, millage adopted by school board

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 09:00 PM.

That is what the Washington County School Board was told Monday by Superintendent Sandra Cook.

“We’re down by 13 students, overall,” Cook said. “There are a lot of contributing factors, including a growing private school here in Washington County.”

Some programs at Washington-Holmes Technical Center have also seen a decrease in attendance, but they are expected to pick back up soon, Director Martha Compton said. However, the heavy machinery maintenance program and the public safety programs have both seen decreases in enrollment.

“We’re doing a little better than we were at the end of the school year, but we had hoped we’d be up a little more,” Cook said.

Chipley High School added four students over last year’s numbers, increasing to 580, while Vernon High School added two students for a total of 392. Roulhac Middle School dropped five students, down to 623 enrolled, while Vernon Middle School added 12 to bring their enrollment up to 456.

The biggest loss of children enrolled was at Kate M. Smith Elementary, where the numbers dropped by 47, down from 2011’s enrollment of 837 to 790 this year.

Principal Lesa Burdeshaw noted that the school had lost a large group of fourth graders and the incoming kindergarten classes were smaller than usual.

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