Enrollment down 30 percent since 1997

35_gabbymittentree-1528WINTER WARM  — Gabby Beaman starts to take the mittens off the I-O Mitten Tree. Mittens and gloves were given out with gift baskets so that young people could have warm hands during the cold winter weather. This year there were 97 gloves, 15 mittens, 34 hats and one scarf collected for distribution.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler




By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

Taking a look back at enrollment for Conrad schools since 1987, you’ll notice a definite peak in the mid to late 90’s.

Conrad’s highest enrollment year was in 1997 when there were 861 students. Now, in 2011, the district is down to 599. These numbers demonstrate a 30 percent drop in enrollment from the highest year to the latest figures from 2011.

The question is now, how does Conrad fair compared to other area schools? For Choteau and Shelby, they are experiencing their lowest enrollment this year. Choteau is at a 32 percent enrollment drop and Shelby is at 36 percent, the highest drop in the area.

Comparing the year of highest enrollment to the 2011-12 school year leaves Cut Bank at a 33 percent loss and Fairfield with the lowest drop at 15 percent.

Enrollment for area schools during the 2011-12 school year is as follows: Choteau, 398; Cut Bank, 752; Fairfield, 327; and Shelby, 501. Conrad has the second highest enrollment in the area with 599 students.

Since 1987, the lowest year of enrollment was in 2010 with only 583 students. Conrad is up 16 students this year. Cut Bank and Fairfield’s lowest years of enrollment were both in 2009.

At Conrad High School, there are 40 freshman, 48 sophomores, 50 juniors and 48 seniors. The population at Utterback Middle School is 134. Total enrollment combined at Meadowlark and Prairie View is 255.