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Smooth start to the new school year

A new school year began for students in north Logan County Monday.

School administrators labeled the start smooth and were, for the most part, reporting enrollment numbers in line with the end of the last school year.

The lone exception was St. Joseph Catholic School in Paris. The school opened its doors to students last Wednesday. There are 58 kids enrolled in the school this year, compared to an enrollment of around 80 students last year, according to Principal Julie Rochester.

“We had three large families that moved away and that’s part of it,” she said Monday. “Some other families moved away and some have decided to home school their children.”

Rochester is in her first year as principal at the school, replacing Kim Felix.

Paris School Superintendent Wayne Fawcett said Monday he didn’t have a complete head count in the district because some schools were still registering students Monday afternoon. Despite that, Fawcett said he’s not expecting wide swings in enrollment this year. At the end of last school year, the Paris district had 1,122 students enrolled.

“The elementary school is reporting an enrollment of 438 students in Kindergarten through fourth grade,” Fawcett said. “There are 60 kids enrolled in our pre-Kindergarten program. The 438 reported is exactly the same enrollment on the first day last year.

“I don’t think we’re going to have a big increase or a big decrease in students,” he said. “The high school will be up a little because the eighth grade class that moved up to the high school this year was a little larger than the senior class that graduated.”

Fawcett said the start to the school year went well.

“It’s been real smooth, smooth as glass,” Fawcett said. “We’re still counting noses in some of the buildings and that’s why I don’t have solid numbers yet.”

Fawcett said he’d visited the district’s three campuses Monday and things were going well.

“The buses went off without a hitch, traffic moved very well and it’s been a good day,” Fawcett said.

Scranton School Superintendent Dr. Jim Bridges echoed Fawcett’s feeling about how the new year started.

“It’s been pretty smooth and we’re having a good day,” Dr. Bridges said.

Scranton’s enrollment on the first day was 406 students, up from the 398 on hand at the end of the last school year.

“I’m hoping we can stay in that range,” he said. “If we can, we’re going to be okay.”

Matt Stengel, Headmaster at Subiaco Academy, the all-male Catholic school on the grounds of Subiaco Abbey, reported that 184 students were enrolled Monday.

“It went really well,” Stengel said. “The boys seem happy to be back.”

County Line School Superintendent Joan Jones couldn’t be reached for comment. The County Line School District ended the 2012-13 year with 446 students enrolled.

Enrollment is important for public schools because it is used to determine the level of state funding school districts received. Each student is worth $6,393 in state aid.

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