No decreases in staffing but enrolment wanes somewhat in 2019-20

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

 

DESIRÉE DECOSTE

STAFF WRITER

At the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board meeting Monday night an update to the 2019-2020 enrolments for elementary and secondary schools was announced.

At a Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board meeting Monday night Superintendent of Business Services Nick Pfeiffer announced elementary enrolments were collected on Sept. 6, 2019 and updated on Sept. 13, 2019 with secondary enrolments collected on Sept. 13, 2019.

Near the start of every school year,  HPEDSB administration collects elementary and secondary enrolments and compares them to projections, ultimately determining the impact on education staff and school organization in order to address provincial class size guidelines and to match funding to disbursement.

Appendix A summarizes the enrolment totals and compares those totals to the projections as well as the previous year.

Overall, board wide enrolment was buoyed by a larger than expected increase in Kindergarten students and that influx helped negate a draw down on the Grade 4-8 grouping.

At the secondary level, the system is still experiencing a decline in the number of Average Daily Enrolment (ADE) and lead to an overall decline of 50 students.

In 2019-20, the HPEDSB is expected to educate 14,895 students, a decline of 88 pupils over 2018-19.

ADE

Elementary

2018-2019

Actual

2019-2020

Projection

2019-2020

Revised Projection

Year over Year Change Change vs Projection
JK-3 4,966 4,871 4,930 (36) 59
4-8 5,401 5,514 5,452 51 (62)
Total Elementary 10,366 10,385 10,382 16 (3)
Secondary 4,564 4,510 4,460 (104) (50)
Total 14,930 14,895 14,842 (88) (53)

“A net total of two additional elementary classes have been added to comply with class size regulations (at the primary panel),” Pfeiffer stated. “The largest change in enrolment is in the kindergarten classes, with an additional four early childhood educators being added.”

Overall, elementary enrolment continues to show evidence that it’s stabilizing, with a year-over-year increase of 16 students.

The revised projection shows decrease of 50 ADE over original projections, and a year-over-year decrease of 104 secondary students. No changes to secondary staffing have been made as a result of Sept. Enrolments.

The Board didn’t indicate if the lower-than-expected numbers at the secondary level were due to programming fluctuations caused by Ministry of Education cutbacks.

Pfeiffer said in the report administration is in the process of finalizing the impact on staff needs and class sizes to determine whether further adjustments are required.

For the full report please visit http://www.hpedsb.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Public-Board-Meeting-09_23_19_AgendaPagkage-1.pdf