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Enrollment Continues to be Strong

Enrollment Continues to be Strong

For the first time in many years the Emmett Independent School District (EISD) has seen a significant increase in enrollment, our current enrollment is 2678. This is up from 2573, or a 4% increase, from the start of the 2017 school year. The District has not been above 2600 students since the 2008 – 2009 school year and peaked over 3000 in the 2005 – 2006 school year.

Much of the growth in enrollment was in our kindergarten through 3rd grades with 78 new students. To accommodate this growth we added two half time kindergarten teachers, one at Shadow Butte and one at Carberry, and a full time first grade teacher at Carberry. This still left us with large class sizes at the second and third grade levels. Enrollment in Ola has dropped by 6 students to 16 in grades K-6 and Sweet has grown by 1 to 38 students.  Emmett is bucking a trend in our region.  Most of the Southern Idaho Conference (SIC) schools have seen a decrease in the younger grades, especially kindergarten.

The other area where we are seeing significant growth is at Emmett Middle School. This year, we have an additional 30 students in grades 6 – 8. This has caused some significant growing pains with larger class sizes and a full lunchroom.

Looking into the future, if we move all our students forward and add a 2% growth to our district, the enrollment will reach 3000 students in 5 years. With our current trends two thirds of new students will be in the elementary schools with an additional 200 students. This will most likely require that we change the Butte View School back to an elementary school.

The Emmett School Board has a facilities committee that is reviewing the needs of our schools and how to best meet the needs for our students. They are exploring options of building new schools and/or remodeling existing schools.  The next meeting will be held at the Butte View Complex on Monday, December 17th at 6:00 pm.

Superintendent Wayne Rush