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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Student enrollment for School District 60 are up this school year, and predictions say this increase will likely continue. 

The district recently sent their numbers for the 2022-2023 enrollment to B.C.’s Ministry of Education and found that they had a higher enrollment than initially predicted.

The superintendent of SD 60, Stephen Petrucci, says last year the district’s estimation for the number of students was 6,094. The school district had an enrollment number of 6,116 for the 2022-2023 school year, an increase of 22 students. 

Petrucci explains that the numbers are up due to the region’s growth and students returning to in-person learning. 

“We’ve seen some families come back from online education programs or homeschooling.” 

Petrucci says that even with this over-enrollment, the school district is still in a stable place from a financial standpoint. 

The district is now looking to hire more staff, such as casual teachers, support staff, and bus drivers. 

Looking to the future, Petrucci mentions the district is estimating further growth. 

“Probably not a dramatic growth,” Petrucci said. “But we are predicting some regular, steady growth over the next few years, and that will coincide with the economic development of the community.” 

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Katherine Caddel is a recent graduate of Laurentian University's English Media and Rhetoric program. They grew up in Northern Ontario and recently decided to make the North Peace their new home. When not at work, Katherine enjoys horror movies, playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons.