By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
Student enrollment in Marion County schools remains fairly steady.
Monday was the first day of class for first through 12th graders, and students in preschool and kindergarten started Wednesday.
Marion County Superintendent of Schools Gary Price reported that overall enrollment has increased by 32 kids for the 2013-2014 school year. The total number of students is 7,469, compared to 7,437 last year.
Most of the schools’ individual counts are pretty close to what they saw in the 2012-2013 year. Price said high school enrollment overall in the county is up a little bit, by 83 students.
The Fairmont Senior High School attendance area has experienced a growth of 82 kids, he said. The biggest changes can be seen at West Fairmont Middle, which has 78 more students this year; Fairmont Senior High, which has a 23-student increase; and Rivesville Elementary, which has 23 fewer students.
The East Fairmont High School attendance area is about the same as last year, as enrollment only dropped by 13 children, Price said. The high school’s number has grown by 29 students.