Student enrollment is declining across the province of BC. According to Education Minister Shirley Bond, it will continue to decline until 2015. The two schools of Tumbler Ridge, Tumbler Ridge Elementary(TRE) and Tumbler Ridge Secondary School(TRSS), are not following that trend this year.
In June 2007, TRE had 193 students. This year, as of September 12th, the population of TRE is 208. Fifteen more students doesn?t sound like a lot more children, but when it comes down to how many children can be in a class, it is enough to make significant changes. TRE has not one, but two kindergarten classes this year, with 35 kindergarten students in total. The Kindergarten students have been divided into two groups this year. The students attend a full day of school, with the two groups alternating days. With this increase in numbers, TRE has had to hire one more full time teacher.
TRSS has also experienced an increased student population. In June 2007, there were 189 students attending. As of September 12th, there are 202 students. The increase in population is affecting schedules and staff changes. A part-time teacher will be hired to teach classes that have been divided due to large numbers.
A big welcome to all the new families who have moved recently to Tumbler Ridge.