August 23, 2016 - 11:39 AM
KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops-Thompson school district is expecting stable enrolment, if not a little growth, for the coming school year.
School district superintendent Alison Sidow says they are expecting similar numbers to last year, but there may be some growth. Last year the district expected fewer students to register, but enrolment actually increased. That increase might happen again this September.
“Our projected numbers for this year are up,” Sidow says. “It looks like we may be up by 103 students.”
Last year the district projected losing 386 students but ended up gaining 329, she says. Official numbers won’t be available until the second week of September.
“All indications seem to be that enrolment has stabilized and may increase,” Sidow says. “We’re making that a public commitment.”
The new school year should also see the district finishing it’s new strategic plan. The plan will help guide the board and district for three to five years.
“My main priority will be to get the strategic place in by the end of 2016,” Sidow says.
Research into the plan started under Sidow’s predecessor Karl deBruijn, who retired this summer. The district is in a good position for the strategic plan, she says, as it’s ahead of the curve when it comes to directions from the Ministry of Education.
Focus in the strategic plan will include more and earlier career oriented education, more collaboration with Thompson Rivers University and real world problem solving skills.
“For instance students may choose to maybe look at statistics around a public health issue,” she says. “They might actually connect with nurses or officials.”
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