Students in most schools in north Logan County went back to class Monday. The lone exception was the County Line School District, which opens the new school year today.
Other than persistent showers Monday, it was a smooth start to the new school year, according to administrators. Most districts and school operating in north Logan County reported small enrollment increases.
Teachers had been back in classrooms for a week in the districts that opened their doors Monday.
Kristy Koprovic, principal at St. Joseph Catholic School in Paris, reported an 11 percent increase in students enrolled in grades Kindergarten through eighth. She had 50 students in those grades Monday, compared to 43 last year. The school is also taking infants and toddlers for the first time this year and there were 17 enrolled in that program. Koprovic said that’s the maximum they can hold. There are 24 students enrolled in the school’s pre-school program. The total enrollment at St. Joseph’s is 91.
Subiaco Academy Headmaster Mike Berry said there are a few more students enrolled at the school, located at Subiaco Abbey. Berry said Monday the school had 193 to 194 students enrolled.
“We still have a couple of applications we’re trying to process,” Berry said. He added that the new school year opened without problems.
Enrollment also increased at the Scranton School District, according to new Superintendent Toby Cook. There were 424 students on the first day this year, compared to 420 last year. Cook is taking over the superintendent’s job because Dr. Jim Bridges retired.
“Everything went very well today,” Cook said. “We had no trouble at all, except for the rain.”
Paris School Superintendent Wayne Fawcett reported that the district at 1,056 students on the first day of classes, a slight increase over last year’s opening day. Fawcett said there were 407 students at Paris Elementary School, 329 at Paris Middle School and 320 at Paris High School on the first day.
“We won’t be able to compare until the 11th day of school,” he said. “Legally, we can drop anyone that doesn’t show up after 10 consecutive days of school.”