School enrollment drops
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Enrollment in the San Juan School District has dropped by 51 students in the past year. Details were discussed at the October 8 meeting of the San Juan School Board.

On October 1, 2013, there were 3,013 students enrolled in the twelve schools in the district. By comparison, the district had 3,064 students on October 1, 2013.

In the most recent year, the largest enrollment drops were at Blanding Elementary (44), Monument Valley High (8), and Whitehorse High (13).

There were enrollment gains at Bluff School (8), Tsebinidzgai Elementary (6), Monticello High (9), and Navajo Mountain High (5).

Bluff School has more than 100 students for the first time in more than a decade.

Despite the one-year drop, the 2013 enrollment is higher than any other year in the past ten years. Over the past several years, significant enrollment gains have taken place at schools in Montezuma Creek and Monument Valley.

Kim Bailey, principal at Albert R Lyman Middle School in Blanding, reported on progress at the school.

Bailey pointed out impressive gains in performance on year-end tests. For instance, 95 percent of the eight grade students were proficient on their language arts tests last year. As seventh grade students, 81 percent of the same group scored proficient while 78 percent were proficient as sixth grade students.

Bailey reports that the growth continues a multiyear trend and is the result of hard work by students and faculty.

Bailey also discussed the school’s positive behavior support program, which has resulted in a dramatic decrease in tardies and suspensions.

Chaz DeWitt, the district supervisor of secondary schools, discussed issues related to the six secondary schools in the district.

DeWitt reports that one of the biggest challenges faced by the schools is the high turnover in faculty and administration.

DeWitt reports that 29 percent of the teachers and 73 percent of the administrators in secondary schools have been in their position for three years or less.

The board heard a report about a proposal to hold the 1A boys and girls basketball tournaments at the same time and in the same city.

Currently, two separate tournaments are held; the girls tournament in early February and the boys tournament one month later.

Superintendents from districts with 1A schools submitted the proposals, arguing that combined tournaments would cut down on time out of school.

The general concern has been that Richfield does not have the capacity to hold both tournaments at the same time. However, Richfield officials state that there are enough motels and restaurants to host the tournament.

Richfield High School would be used for the first few days of the double elimination tournaments. Richfield High School is adjacent to the Sevier Valley Center, which currently hosts the individual tournaments.

Superintendent Doug Wright said, “It is a proposal that is worth considering.”

The proposal will be considered by the Utah High School Activities Association.
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