Enrollment at Frankfort Independent Schools continues to drop, according to a report presented at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting.
The school district lost 36 students this year; enrollment is down to 733 from 769 in 2009-2010. Documents presented last year show the number has dropped nearly every year since 2003-2004, when 848 students attended FIS.
Enrollment increased by nine students at Second Street School to 375. Frankfort Middle/High School lost 43 students and is now at an enrollment of 314.
Board members were most troubled by a loss of 17 sophomores from last year – now juniors. The class of 2012 dropped from 60 students last year to 47 this year.
They asked Superintendent Rich Crowe to find out where those kids went. Board member Greg Miklavcic suggested that high school administrators could meet with students who are leaving the district to determine the reason.
Kindergarten has the biggest enrollment of any single grade in FIS, with 64 students this year.
Of the overall enrollment, 131 were students living in Franklin County Public Schools’ boundaries – 65 of them the children of staff members. FIS can accept up to 136 from FCPS, Crowe said.
Wilkinson Street School stayed nearly steady at 44 students, a drop of two from 2009-2010. The biggest change was in the makeup of the student body – middle schoolers can no longer attend, starting this year.
The alternative school included 10 students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades last year.