SCHOOL ENROLLMENT UP

September 05, 2000 11:00 pm

Enrollment has risen about 50 students in the Brookings-Harbor schools.

The additional enrollment was reported Tuesday by Dr. Paul Prevenas, district superintendent. It was the first day of classes in the new school year.

There were more kindergartners and ninth graders than the district projected.

Dr. Prevenas said most of the increase was scattered through all of the grade levels. He said that is better than having them all in one or two grades.

Kalmiopsis Elementary had 649 students, of which 127 were kindergartners. In the other grades, there were 105 first graders; 139 second; 115 third, and 163 fourth grade.

The middle school grade report included fifth graders attending Upper Chetco School. That school this year has only fifth graders.

The fifth grade class, which has been the biggest until this new year, has 174 students. There are 147 sixth graders, 139 seventh graders and 148 eighth graders.

The freshman class is now the largest with 177 students. There are 156 sophomores, 158 juniors and 150 seniors.

Last school year the high school graduated 120 students, and took in a class of 177. Or, Dr. Prevenas said, the district graduated 120, and took in 127 kindergartners.

The total district enrollment was 1,845 at the end of the first day, about 50 more students than the close of last year, Dr. Prevenas said.

There were no special problems on the opening day. Actually, he said, he heard nothing but good comments from faculty and students.

The district was not involved in a national recall of Thomas Built school buses for defective brakes. He said the district has not purchased a Thomas Built bus since he has been in the district.

The recall was because of a malfunctioning Bendix brake system, which does not always function property at low speeds, the company said.