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School enrollment stabilizes
after years of decline
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
The latest data from the Livingston Range School Division shows student enrollment in Crowsnest Pass schools seems to be stabilizing after years of decline.
Jeff Perry, the division’s associate superintendent for business services, presented the first projections for the coming school year at the school board’s Feb. 11 meeting.
It shows Horace Allen School remains stable, Isabelle Sellon School gained seven students, Crowsnest Consolidated High School lost nine and OutReach West gained three.
Overall Crowsnest schools lost two students out of a total of 605, while the rest of the division showed a four percent decline in enrollment.
Principal Wes Wescott, of Crowsnest Consolidated High School, says that a growing movement of young people to urban centres in search of job opportunities and a general shrinking of families have been contributing to declining enrollment numbers in the Pass.
“We’re no different than rural Alberta. There are a few areas that are increasing, but most rural Alberta schools [have been] decreasing over the last 10 years,” he said.

He expects the same slight decline in numbers of over the next couple of years but is cautiously optimistic about the new data.
“Looks like we’ve stabilized for a couple of years now, so we’re going to see where that goes over the long term,” said Wescott. “I think economically, the area has stopped the outflow of some families, perhaps.”
Perry says these numbers are good news for the Pass is in the immediate term. Financially, stable enrollment numbers means the communities’ schools will be receiving similar funding as in past year. The majority of their provincial funding is decided by enrollment numbers.
“The elementary numbers at the Crowsnest Pass are pretty strong,” he said. “This last year the ECS numbers for Horace Allen were very strong and it was a good sign that there are some younger families moving into the area.”
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