North Judson-San Pierre Encouraged by Early Enrollment Numbers

Enrollment is looking promising at the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation.

Superintendent Annette Zupin told the school board Tuesday the corporation ended last school year with 1,050 students. So far, 1,029 are signed up for the upcoming year, and that number is expected to go up when new student registration gets underway. “I do know that our kindergarten class right now is 71,” she said. “We have four sections. From what the teachers have told me, historically, you get five to 15 more. So I’m not going to the bank with that, but we’re encouraged.”

If those expectations are met, that would put the size of the incoming kindergarten class on par with last year’s senior class. Zupin added that the elementary school may consider adding a fifth kindergarten section, if necessary.

Meanwhile, she said the corporation is still in the process of hiring teachers for the upcoming year, but she’s happy with the ones they have so far. “Now I will say, we have hired two science teachers at the junior/senior high, one this month and one last. Those are difficult to fill, and I know some neighboring schools are having difficulty,” Zupin said. “So I feel pretty fortunate that we were able to solidify those hires.”

Elementary School Principal Julie Berndt hopes to wrap up teacher interviews in her building this week.