School enrollment shows steady increase

By Daniel Brunty

The Webster Progress Times

The Webster County School District is steadily showing signs of improvement on all fronts as it reports an increase in school enrollment for the third school year.

The school district as a whole stands at 1,889 students enrolled as of publication. Last year, the district showed a total of 1,859 students being enrolled.

With both of Webster County Schools’ sixth-grade classes now being housed at their respective high schools, their enrollment also reflects those changes. East Webster Elementary School saw its enrollment go from 472 students during the 2012-13 school year to 402 this school year. Eupora Elementary School saw its enrollment of 559 students in 2012-13 decrease to 505 students.

High school enrollment is showing growth, even with the addition of the sixth-graders. East Webster High School has 498 enrolled this school year, up from the 412 students in the 2012-13 school year. Eupora High School had 415 enrolled in 2012-13, and this school year has 484 students.

In overall school enrollment, the district has seen increases for the past three years: 1,821 students in 2010-11; 1,846 in 2011-12 and 1,858 in 2012-13.

Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar sees this trend continuing, but adds that is why proving residency is so important — to make sure that students attend the district in which they belong.