2018-06-07 / News

Kindergarten registration numbers encouraging

BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com

SWARTZ CREEK – School officials say they’re very pleased with the statistics from kindergarten enrollment this year.

“The numbers are higher than they’ve been the last five years at this point,” said Superintendent Ben Mainka. “Typically, we get a large number who register in summer and fall. We’ve already registered more students (for 2018-19) than we have in the existing kindergarten class, and we haven’t even hit the summer yet.”

As of late May, 250 kindergartners were enrolled. The current kindergarten class numbers 247.

“That’s a very good sign,” Mainka said.

Compared to this time last year, the numbers are up at all five elementary schools, but Morrish and Elms Road schools have the greatest increases, he said.

“They service the largest number of homes in their boundaries, so it’s no surprise they’re seeing the largest numbers, but all of the buildings are seeing strong increases,” he said.

If the trend continues through the summer, “Every elementary will have more kindergarteners next year than this year,” Mainka said.

The majority of incoming kindergartners reside within the boundaries of the Swartz Creek Community Schools district.

“We have homes out there that, as soon as they’re up for sale, they’re selling,” Mainka said. “That’s a real positive. Some of our younger families are buying these homes and moving into Swartz Creek.”

Marketing also has been a big factor.

“We have someone working in that role who is really going after that and getting the information into the hands of young parents,” Mainka said. “We are really getting out there and marketing the school through advertising, getting information out on social media, getting flyers out to different venues. There is more intentional work of communicating (the benefits of attending Swartz Creek schools).”

Another kindergarten registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 9 at the Performing Arts Center.

“This will be a first for us,” said Mainka. “We’ve never done two kindergarten registrations.

“We’re not resting on our laurels. We’re still going to go out and try to recruit as many kids as we can. We want to try to help get our families information on how to register.”

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