Though the number of students coming into the Tyler County School system this fall is lower than in past years, officials said they will wait until after Labor Day to make any specific determinations.
During a meeting of the Tyler County Board of Education Monday, Tyler County Schools Superintendent Robin Daquilante said for the 2011-12 school year, 94 students entered the preschool program, while the graduating class of 2012 saw 103 students leave the district. Thus far for the 2012-13 school year, just 66 students have enrolled in preschool.
However, at the county's Sistersville and Boreman elementary schools, administrators have been working to find space for an overflow of students. Daquilante said despite rumors of the overflow numbers being high, Boreman has only two more students, while Sistersville has six additional students. She said to accommodate that overflow, which limits class size to 25 students per room, third classrooms have ben opened in each school.
Daquilante said while the extra classroom at Sistersville may need to stay open, the Boreman situation "could go either way" once more official information is gathered. She said historically, the numbers change after the Labor Day holiday, when some students and families move out of the area.
"We really look the hardest after that weekend," she said.
Daquilante also presented the board information on the number of transfers into and out of the district for the new school year. She said 47 students are attending Tyler County schools after being released from another county, including 42 from Wetzel County and five from Pleasants County.
Conversely, 23 students have ben released by Tyler County to attend school in other districts. Of those, 16 are attending a Wetzel County school, while the remainder are attending school in Doddridge, Pleasants and Ritchie counties. Daquilante said the most common explanation given in a request to transfer is proximity to a community in towns that border the county lines, which she said is understandable.
"We all want what is best for the kids and whatever works for them," she said.