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City Schools Enrollment Looks Steady; Kindergarten Numbers Up for New Year
Posted on: 08/29/2013
By  Andy Rex
With a new school year underway in Marietta, WMOA News takes a look at enrollment this year.
We spoke with Marietta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Harry Fleming, who says that while the numbers at every grade level aren’t yet available, the number of youngest students is up…
“We’re up in kindergarten this year.  Last year, we had 199 kindergarteners.  This year, we’re at 212.  Looking at the 2012-13 school year, compared to the 2011-12 school year, we were up a dozen kids or so.  Essentially, we’re pretty stable.”
Fleming says that while stable recently, the enrollment in the district saw a downward trend in the past…
“We have went through a period where we were having declining enrollment.  The district as a whole was over 6,000 students back in the 1970’s.  We’re just slightly under 3,000 today.  Most of that declining enrollment happened well before the last five years.”
Because of the drop in enrollment in past years, the district had to make the decision to consolidate several schools – most recently Reno and North Hills in 2003. 
Dr. Fleming says that’s always a tough decision to have to make, and there are a number of variables that must be considered in a decision of that nature…
“The factors would include declining enrollment.  It would include the efficiency of having the right number of staff members to efficiently deliver instruction to the students.  If several of your elementaries were losing a lot of students, you might have to consider consolidating in that regard.  Fortunately, we’re not in that situation in Marietta right now.”
The superintendent adds that he does not see any schools closing in the forseeable future.
Districts must report their fall enrollment numbers to the state education department after the first week of October.  The data is then made available to the public at www.education.ohio.gov
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