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Truman enrollment slowly fading

September 18, 2012
Kylie Saari - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

TRUMAN - Enrollment at Truman Public Schools has remained steady from this time last year, increasing by one student, but the long-term trend shows a decline.

Superintendent Tom Ames reported to the school board Monday that enrollment for 2012-2013 is 262 students, as of Sept. 5, but was more than 400 students 10 years ago.

And with a senior class of 35 scheduled to graduate at the end of the year - and 26 student graduating next year - he expects the district to be below 250 student in the next few years.

The district has put in place programs designed to attract students to combat the downward trend.

Ames said one way the district is appealing to students is through online Post-Secondary Enrollment Options. Through the program, students can earn college credit for classes taken online at the high school. The option allows students to switch easily between high school and college courses, and keeps them in house to generate state aid for the high school credits.

Another option likely to be available soon is concurrent enrollment, in which students earn high school and college credit for a single class. The district is working with Southwest State University to offer calculus in this manner.

"The beauty of concurrent is this," Ames said. "Without spending a lot of money, you keep all these kids in the school."

Students enrolled concurrently continue to generate state aid for the school.

Truman is also providing agriculture/vocational classes for six Granada-Huntley-East Chain students each day. Truman bills GHEC for the time the students are at the host school.

In other business Monday, Darrel Drevlow was appointed to the school board to fill a seat vacated by Shane Kuehl.



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