The quarterly enrollment report for North Judson-San Pierre was discussed during the NJSP School Board meeting on Tuesday. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin said the enrollment stayed pretty consistent with the Average Daily Membership count that was taken back in September, which was around 1,030 students.
Superintendent Zupin stated that she has been keeping a close eye on enrollment trends since last year. This year the elementary school had 46 student withdrawals. Dr. Zupin broke that down into specific categories; 1 student left to be home-schooled, another left for virtual schooling and 35 students moved out of the district.
The superintendent said the remaining 9 elementary students still live within the district but their parents chose to have them transferred. Dr. Zupin broke that down even more, stating that three transferred to Knox, two went to Eastern Pulaski Schools, two left to go to St. Peter’s Lutheran School and one more transferred to West Central.
She went on to describe the report from the Jr./Sr. High School where 41 students withdrew.
There were twenty-one students who moved out of the district, five that went on to be home-schooled, five who changed over to to virtual schooling and the remaining ten students transferred. Of those ten, one went to Kankakee Valley, one went to Knox, one went to West Central, three transferred to South Central and four left for Eastern Pulaski.
Dr. Zupin said she plans to keep watching the trends and wants to work with faculty on ways to keep students at NJSP. “Now if you look at the virtual schools, we need to continue to monitor that and work with our Jr./Sr High principal and counselors to see if we can offer an option for that because that’s the one where we see some sort of trend.” Dr. Zupin explained, “We’ll keep an eye on that virtual/online, is there a way to keep them here?”
The superintendent added that she also wants to look further into the reasons why people are choosing to transfer to other schools in order to work on specific areas that would help keep students enrolled at their school corporation.