Enrolment drop smaller than expected

FORT FRANCES—The Northwest Catholic District School Board is facing a drop in enrolment this year, though a smaller one than originally predicted.
In a preliminary enrolment report to be reviewed at the board’s first regular meeting of the 2006/07 school year Saturday morning, enrolment is down 53 students across the board’s five schools, or 70 full-time equivalencies (FTE).
Back in July, the board was forecasting a drop of about 83 students.
The biggest declines were here at St. Francis School, with 26 fewer students, and at St. Michael’s (13 fewer).
Both Our Lady of the Way in Stratton and St. Joseph’s in Dryden saw a drop of 11 students. Only Sacred Heart in Sioux Lookout saw an increase in enrolment (eight).
Also at Saturday’s meeting, which gets underway at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Way School, the board will:
•review the EQAO results that were released last week;
•hear a presentation from Our Lady of the Way principal Brendan Hyatt on his school; and
•review an report on the progress of the “Best Start” program at St. Joseph’s School.
In related news, current chair Gerry Rousseau has filed his nomination papers to seek re-election to the board in November.
Fort Frances trustee Harold Huntley filed his papers earlier this month.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)