SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Despite continued concerns about enrollment decline, an unofficial tally of South Kingstown school enrollment this month shows an increase of 26 students since last year.
Superintendent Dr. Kristen Stringfellow reported the unofficial numbers to the South Kingstown School Committee at the committee’s meeting Tuesday.
“This is good news,” Stringfellow said. “For the first time since I’ve been with you we are on an uptick.”
Stringfellow, who came to South Kingstown in 2009, said the district was anticipating a loss of 63 students this year.
“Not only did we not lose those students, we added 26 students,” she said. “We are in the positive.”
Stringfellow called the unofficial increase in enrollment “an early indicator that we are on the right path.”
“This is the beginning of a good trend,” she said. “We want to be the school community that people choose.”
The district will tally an official enrollment number next month, which they are then required to send to the Rhode Island Department of Education.
For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up the Friday, Sept. 13 edition of the Narragansett Times.