CLINTON — Enrollment in East Feliciana Parish public schools dipped slightly between Oct. 1 and Monday, Superintendent Carlos Sam told the School Board on Tuesday.
The amount of state funding for local schools is based on head counts conducted Oct. 1 and Feb. 1 of each school year.
Figures presented Tuesday show 2,069 students were counted on Oct. 1, while Monday’s tally was 2,039, a decrease of 30 students.
Sam said the enrollment drop could be attributed to a number of factors, but he said he is most concerned with the loss of 12 students at East Feliciana High School, from 382 to 370.
He said the decrease may have resulted from some parents removing their children after a group of students got into a fight in December.
Slaughter Elementary School, which has the parish’s highest enrollment at 495, dropped 11 students between Oct. 1 and Monday. Principal Kim Glascock said most of the decrease resulted from families moving out of the parish.
On another matter, Paul Kent, chairman of the Bid Opening Committee, said the panel will meet 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11 to see if anyone submits a bid to buy the old Clinton High School property on Plank Road.
A local company expressed interest in buying and renovating the building late last year but decided not to bid after evaluating the renovation costs.