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November 29. 2013 9:41PM

Derry school district expects 2014-15 25-student enrollment increase

DERRY — New families moving into town helped increase enrollment by 25 students from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1 for kindergarten through eighth grade, according to the Derry Cooperative School District.

The enrollment figures were recently released by the school district and discussed at a school board meeting earlier this month.

“You always have move-ins,” Jane Simard, business administrator for the school district, said Tuesday. “Most parents would like to get settled before Sept. 1, but that doesn’t always happen.”

Overall, the district student population for grades kindergarten to eight increased by 25 students, from 3,473 to 3,498, according to the figures.

The figures show that Grinnell Elementary School gained the most students from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1, increasing by seven students, from 395 to 402.

East Derry Village Elementary School ended up level at 401 students as of Nov. 1.

“You can see at each school there is a fluctuation,” Simard said as she reviewed the figures.

Other results showed:

• Ernest P. Barka Elementary School increased by one student, from 595 to 596;

• Derry Village Elementary School grew by six students, ending up at 436;

• South Range Elementary School increased by one student, from 361 to 362.

As for the middle schools in the district:

• Gilbert H. Hood increased by five students during the period, growing from 717 students to 722s;

• West Running Brook also climbed by five students, increasing 574 students to 579 as of Nov. 1.

hmcgee@newstote.com


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