Many schools in Calhoun County will start the year with slightly more students, some with slightly fewer. But most said the changes they expect to see are normal fluctuations in enrollment.
School administrators stressed that numbers given for the 2014-2015 school year are estimates and could change given transfers or late arrivals.
The Donoho School as well as the districts of Piedmont and Oxford expect slight decreases in student numbers, while Jacksonville’s school district as well as Faith Christian School and Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School saw slight increases in enrollment.
Officials with Calhoun County Schools say they expect 9,200 students this year. That’s compared to 9,111 last year. But school officials said that change is typical from a year to year change.
Efforts to reach officials with Anniston City Schools were unsuccessful Friday.
Charlie Maniscalco, principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School, attributed the increase of 10 students to an economy that’s improving slightly. He said like many private schools, Sacred Heart’s enrollment will change in step with the broader financial conditions of the community.
Bob Phillips, headmaster of Faith Christian, said his school’s increase of 10 students came mostly from the high-school grades. He attributed the bump in enrollment to new course offerings such as Spanish and dual enrollment classes. He also pointed to the number of Faith Christian seniors graduating with scholarships as another reason enrollment has increased.
Phillips said that, ultimately, “I think people are looking for a Christian school opportunity.”