The official enrollment at the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation was slightly higher than preliminary numbers suggested. The official count taken September 18 found there to be 1275 students, a decline of only three students from last year.
Superintendent Dan Foster says he’s happy with those numbers, “It’s livable. Only three students – it’s still $15,000, $17,000 we lost with three students, but we hear the stories everywhere else and we’re glad we’re not in that position. Only losing three is not going to hurt us too badly.”
Foster shared the enrollment figures with the School Board during its meeting Tuesday. The board also got an update from guidance counselor Kate Daily about what the members of last year’s senior class have been doing since graduation. Foster says many of them have chosen to continue their education, “We had 41 students enter a four-year university, so that’s 47 percent of the class and then 24 of them, which is 26 percent, entered a two-year college. Six percent entered vocational school. So we had 79 percent of the graduates last year enter some kind of post-secondary education.”
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the School Board voted to approve the 2016 budget, the capital projects plan for the next two years, and the plan for bus replacements through 2027.