Enrolment up in Kamloops/Thompson School District

By Greg Fry
October 2, 2017 - 3:37pm Updated: October 3, 2017 - 5:25pm

KAMLOOPS — The preliminary numbers are in and the Kamloops/Thompson School District is reporting a modest student body increase over last year.

“It shows growth, certainly in our kindergarten numbers, primary Grades 1 to 3, intermediate Grades 4 to 7 of about 257 students,” says Assistant Superintendent Bill Hamblett. “Our secondary enrolment is pretty flat. It’s down about 11 students so overall the district is up, which we initially thought, which is good.”

He says it’s “too early to say” why there’s been an increase, but notes the district is experiencing enrolment pressures in the Westsyde area, the Valleyview corridor, and the southwest sector.

Does the increase mean the district would consider opening a school at some point in the future?

“No, we’re not in a position to do that. We can put the students in the existing schools we have.”

Hamblett adds the slight bump is “welcome news from a period of declining enrolment.”

He expects the district to verify final numbers later this month.

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