Four more years of decline predicted

More declining enrolment for Gold Trail School District

The Gold Trail board of education reviewed September’s enrolment figures at its Oct. 18 open board meeting, noting that the District had 45 less students in total. Some schools are up but most are down, pointed out Superintendent Teresa Downs.

Trustee Nancy Rempel noted that by adding the figures of Cache Creek and Ashcroft elementary schools together, you could see that the high school numbers in Ashcroft would start levelling out. We were told that the declining enrolment would end eventually, she said.

Financial Officer Lynda Minnabarriet cautioned trustees that, while numbers in particular communities may look stable, enrolment in the high schools is still higher than the elementary schools that feed the high schools.

“We anticipate more decline for the next four years,” she said.

Ashcroft and Cache Creek elementary school enrolment was up by five or less students; the high school had 25 less.