Thu, Aug. 22

Student counts mostly stable across Upper Verde school districts

Enrollment at Mountain View Preparatory increased the most out of every Cottonwood-Oak Creek school as of the 10th day of classes, said Chris Hamilton, the district's student accountability information system coordinator.

Hamilton said the growth comes from Mountain View Prepatory adding its 8th-grade class this year, the final step in extending the K-6 school to junior high.

Among other responsibilities, Hamilton coordinates with the attendance secretaries at the district's five schools. There were 16 fewer kindergartners, but a class had to be added to accommodate 25 new students. 

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School district checks its enrollment frequently at the beginning of the year in order to maintain class sizes. 

"For the first 10 days, we're always looking at the numbers to see that everybody is being accommodated," she said.

Clarkdale-Jerome School has 453 students enrolled, and Superintendent Kathleen Fleenor said this was stable when compared to last year.

By Yvonne Gonzalez

Staff Reporter

Mingus' numbers are up slightly from last year at 1,278 students, said Superintendent Paul Tighe.

"We did have to add some sections of classes in order to maintain manageable classes sizes, especially in freshman English classes," Tighe said. "What this means is teachers voluntarily forfeit their preparation period and take on an additional class in return for additional compensation. "

The school is staffed conservatively in order to avoid having teachers with less than a full schedule or too-small classes, he said. 

Enrollment at COCSD schools compared to last year:

• Cottonwood Elementary School: 465, up 11

• Cottonwood Middle School: 535, down 55

• Oak Creek Elementary School: 234, down 30

• Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary School: 483, up 11

• Mountain View Preparatory School at Tavasci: 445, up 72
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