School bells ring: Hillsboro enrolls 478 students, Central Valley 183 on first day

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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019 6:00 am

Administrators in the Hillsboro School District reported 478 students attended the first day of fall classes Wednesday.

The figure marks a drop of 13 pupils compared to last year but remains well above the district’s 10-year enrollment average.

By comparison, the district enrolled 425 students on the first day of school in 2012.

“We had some families leave and more came in. Overall, we’re very happy with our numbers,” Superintendent Paula Suda said Wednesday.

Enrollment figures show 244 students in grades K-6 turned up for the first day of classes.

Another 228 pupils were registered in grades 7-12 while six Hutterite students were reported in class at Spruce Lane Colony School near Blanchard.

Farther north, Central Valley School kicked off its first day of classes with 183 students, a decrease of seven students compared to a year ago.

Superintendent Jeremy Brandt said the first-day total was slightly smaller than anticipated.

“We were down a couple students. We were thinking we would have 185 or 186,” he said. “But we had a good first day. It was great to be back in session.”

Central Valley enrolled 17 students in its pre-K classroom, 100 pupils in grades K-6 and 83 in grades 7-12.

The rural Buxton school’s smallest class had eight freshman while its biggest class included 20 seventh-graders.

Elsewhere in Traill County, the MayPort-CG School District welcomed 499 students, an increase of a half-dozen students from last year’s first-day totals.

“We had a couple new families move in and one or two moved away, but it was pretty close to what we were expecting,” said Superintendent Mike Bradner. “We’re happy with our numbers.”

The numbers were bolstered by a smaller-than-normal graduating senior class in May that has been replaced by a kindergarten class totaling 44 students, he said.

Hatton Eielson Public School started classes Wednesday with 191 students, up from 184 on the first day of classes a year ago, said Superintendent Kevin Rogers.

The district ended the 2018-19 school year with 174 students, but the unveiling of Hatton Eielson’s new $6.3 million school appeared to have attracted more students this fall, he said.

“I think it helped with our numbers, no question. The kids were pretty excited to see the new building and get inside and see what it’s all about,” he said.

The district’s previous school building dated back to 1910.

More than 90 percent of voters approved the $6.3 million bond referendum for the new school in December 2017.

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