LACONIA — Interim SAU 30 Superintendent Phil McCormack told the School Board Tuesday night that enrollment is down in both the School District and at the regional Huot Technical Center.
McCormack said that district wide enrollment in city schools is down by 74 students, 3.6 percent less than last year. At the Huot Center, which is shared with four other school districts, enrollment us down by 30 students, a 6 percent decline.
He said high school enrollment is down 6.8 percent to 508 students, while the Middle School is down by 2 percent. Elementary school enrollments are up by 2.2 percent.
McCormack said that compared to five years ago the district-wide student count is down by 54, 39 fewer at the high school, 48 fewer at the Middle School but 33 more in city elementary schools.
He said that are 100 home schooled students this year in Laconia, 11 more than last year.
Board member Mike Persson asked McCormack to obtain enrollment data from schools in the surrounding area to see if there are similar enrollment decreases to those in the city. He said that if there are appreciable differences it would stand out as a ''red flag'' of problems with the perception of city schools that the board would have to deal with.
McCormack, a former superintendent of the Inter-Lakes School District, said that based on his experience in the Lakes Region he thinks Laconia's enrollment trend is on par with other school districts in the area.
He also said that in view of the opportunities available through the Huot Center to obtain health care college credits at Lakes Region Community College, he thinks enrollments in the health care courses should be increasing.
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