Preliminary enrollment figures of the Archbold Area School District show there are 1,273 students in the district, down 2.1% from last school year.
Joe Long, interim superintendent, told the school board at its Monday, Oct. 22 meeting, that in 2011-12, there were 1,300 students in the district at the same point in time, a decline of 27.
The number of open enrollment students increased from 43 in 2011-12 to 64 for the current school year. That’s up 21, or 48.8%.
It was noted that some of the 21 students were coming to Archbold because their home district had cut programs in which the students wanted to participate due to financial reasons.
Royal Short, Archbold High School principal, said there are six students at the high school under open enrollment because their home district did not offer the sports they want to play.
Long said there still are 93 students from Archbold attending other schools, which still represents a net loss in student population. He said, “it’s going in the right direction.”
Because state financial support follows the student to the school they attend, adding 21 new students means additional revenue for the Archbold school district.