The Hanover School Division is reporting strong enrolment numbers as we near the end of the school year.
Superintendent Shelley Amos says there is steady increase.
“The last report I gave in May, we gained 40 students back,” she says. “Since then, we've gained another 39 students back. Of course, we know there was a large homeschool portion happening during the pandemic, and now that we're getting back to more joyous, normal looking education in our buildings, more and more are coming back, and we welcome everybody. And it's never too late to come back.”
Enrolment is also looking promising for the start of the new year in September, Amos reports.
“We're looking closely at kindergarten, and our numbers have climbed up,” she says. “We were at 515 and we've budgeted 605, so we're getting closer all the time and still lots of time for increased registration there.”
Considering the number of students expected in Hanover schools this September, Amos says they are confident the current classroom space is sufficient.
“In light of the fact that we've had some additions happen, Mitchell Elementary in particular, and now we've had one that'll start soon for Mitchell Middle School as well,” she says. “And with the new Niverville high school happening, we've not had to request a portables or modulars for a couple of years. So, we're good for space and classrooms, our class sizes are looking decent.”
Amos recognizes that some classroom sizes are bigger than others and that depends on each individual location.
She says it ranges from fewer than 20 students to 27 or 28 students in a class, depending on community and particular grade.