School Enrollment Losses To Private Schools Unavailable Yet

School Committee members said they expect to receive a report on those numbers at a future meeting.


The district administration needs to do more research before it presents the School Committee the specific number of students who have left Swampscott for private schools.

School Committee member Jaren Landen had requested the information last month.

The departing student information compiled by the superintendent's office as of the last School Committee meeting, last week, was incomplete, according to Committee Chairman Larry Beaupre.

The district did not have the number of students lost to at least some parochial schools including St. John's Prep.

The chairman expects the information will be available at a future meeting.

The district has been asking parents of the departing students the reason or reasons why they opted to send their children elsewhere, the chairman said earlier.

Maintaining strong enrollment numbers in the district is important, in part, because it determines the amount of education funding the district receives from the state.



A+ Schools October 18, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I find it interesting why the school committee keeps asking this question. Is their more here? It is quite simple: A certain percentage of families can afford to send their children to private schools. A certain percentage of families, unfortunately, must send their special education children out of district. A certain percentage of families are unhappy with something, (teacher, administrators, sports, the color of the buildings, etc.). A certain percentage send their children to Technical Schools. A certain percent, unfortunately, send their children to Recovery High School. I am sure there are other reasons. Swampscott is no different than any other district. Parents make choices. LM regarding SPED, ask any parent, they would give any amount of money, body parts, etc., to have their child in-district. Lastly, it is a family decision...no ones business. That is until the kid needs to come back. To the School Committee: Why the rangling?
Restless October 18, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Well summarized Allen. What I think is the important sector for the towns purposes, is the people who are not moneyed and who cannot easily afford to go private but feel strongly for whatever reason that that is in the best interest of their children and they are willing to make sometimes great sacrifices to bring it about. What do they feel is lacking? Are their concerns justified? Can anything be done to rectify the perceived deficiencies? If so what are the costs and timelines associated with such 'fixes'. We are keeping a close eye on the schools as our children grow up and if things do not improve in certain areas we will have to look towards private. If that happens however we will have to sell up and move out of town as it does not make sense to pay the high property taxes here without availing oneself of the school system. That would be a sad day as Swampscott is a great little town but needs must.
Restless October 18, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Apologies for the garbled typing in the second sentence. Is it Friday yet? Lol
John October 18, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Over the Last two years there has been a Larger than normal exodus of students away from our public schools. That means since June of 2011 this school system has lost a sizeable group of students ... THAT'S 16 MONTHS & YOU NEED MORE TIME TO TELL US ? Why ?


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