Red Deer school divisions see increase in enrolment

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
September 12, 2017 - 4:39pm Updated: September 27, 2017 - 3:16pm

The numbers are in and enrolment is up in Red Deer's two largest school divisions.
Red Deer Public Schools enrolment has shot up 250 students to 10,950, led largely by big increases at Hunting Hills High School and Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.
"It's great news for us because more students means more funding which means more teachers and more supports for our students. It's all good," says Superintendent Stu Henry.
The division is also part of a nationwide trend of hiring teachers to start the school year.
"We're going to bring on ten more teachers just in the first few weeks of school than we thought we were going to have. It's been nothing but hiring and increasing here," Henry adds, noting it's a good indicator that Red Deer is climbing it's way out of the doldrums of the economic slowdown.
Meanwhile, enrolment at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools is up 528 students to 9,985.
The new St. Joseph High School in Red Deer has 566 student enroled and the new St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in Blackfalds has 448.

Enrolment up even further in Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

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