OV enrollment survey could mean additional funds for building project

SOUTH OTSELIC – After receiving an enrollment projection study, the Otselic Valley Board of Education was able to get a better idea of how much state aid they may get if they pursue a capital building project.

According to Superintendent Larry Thomas, the study showed three possible enrollment scenarios for the district. The low projections showed enrollment figures shrinking to approximately 352 students, district wide. The high projections showed the student population reaching 492. Currently the school serves approximately 400 students.

“The study shows that we are most likely going to level out with the number of those graduating out and those coming in at kindergarten. It’s mostly leveled now,” Thomas said. The projections showed the increase at the high end of the spectrum would come from transfers into the district during the upper levels.

The enrollment study was one item the school needed before they could continue looking at a major building project. The OV school district is examining the possibility of creating a combined kindergarten through 12 grade campus. Currently the school is divided between the elementary school in Georgetown and the Junior / Senior High School in South Otselic.

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