BRIENSBURG – Christian Fellowship School is enjoying its second year of significantly increased enrollment, with 68 new students this year in kindergarten through 12th grade.
According to registrar Rebekah Crocker, total enrollment is 217, up from 176 last year. The number for the 2010-2011 school year included 62 new students, giving CFS 130 new students over the past two enrollment periods.
“That’s a good trend,” CFS Principal Bill Rowley said last week.
Total enrollment figures also reflect the loss of previously enrolled students due to graduation, relocation or other factors, leaving the school with a net gain in student population of 41 between last year and this year.
In response to the increased enrollment, CFS has added three part-time teachers and three elementary aides this year.
Most of the new students are in elementary grades, Rowley said. “And that’s usually what we see,” he added.
Last year’s numbers, he said, represented an aberration in that a small eighth-grade class nearly doubled in numbers when those students became freshmen.
Marshall County public schools had an unprecedented increase this year, with more than 80 new students enrolling. Many of the incoming students are at Sharpe Elementary School in the northwest area of the county.
Those children, as well as some middle and high school students, are coming from the Reidland district in neighboring McCracken County, where a new high school is being built to consolidate students from Reidland, Heath and Lone Oak.
Likewise, a good many of the new students at CFS are from eastern McCracken County.
Rowley said none of the families moving their children to CFS has specifically blamed McCracken consolidation, but he said it was probably a factor.
“The topic did come up in a lot of our admissions interviews,” he said.
The problem of Reidland students having to be transported through high-density traffic in the Kentucky Oaks Mall area to get to the new school, on U.S. Highway 60 west of Paducah, is resolved by a transfer to a school in Marshall County.
However, Rowley said one new CFS student comes from the Heath community in western McCracken County.