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Simcoe County secondary, elementary school student numbers up

Posted October 9, 2019

First enrollment counts of the new school term at Simcoe County's public and separate boards ticked upwards at both elementary and secondary schools over last year. Growth was led locally by an increase of 77 students at Monsignor J E Ronan in Beeton, and up 43 at Boyne River PS in Alliston.

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) counted 37,784 elementary school students in the first two weeks of September, an increase of 767 over the same period in 2018. There were 15,024 attending Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board (SMCDSB) schools, an increase of 246.

Mon. Ronan's enrollment numbers are bolstered by Catholic students living in the Treetops subdivision in Alliston bussed to the Beeton school. SMCDSB has approval to build a new school in Treetops, but is held up because of a funding shortfall. SCDSB included a new public school in Alliston on its submitted list of capital priority projects.

Below are the breakdowns for elementary schools in the New Tecumseth area:

At the secondary level, there were 15,762 students enrolled at public high schools, an increase of 91. Banting Memorial High School reported 1,424 students, a decrease of two. There were 737 students, up 18.

The SMCDSB's secondary school enrolment is at 6,844, up 54. St. Thomas Aquinas in Tottenham counted 706 students, an increase of 61.

Enrollment on Oct. 31 is the Ministry of Education's count date.

All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri