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Many seniors not taking full course load

A significant number of Estacada High School juniors and seniors are not taking full course loads.

Superintendent Marla Stephenson discussed the situation during the school board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

She presented a document that indicated that 83 out of 177 seniors, or about 46.89 percent, were taking less than seven credit bearing courses. Fifty six seniors, or 31.64 percent, were taking less than six, 16 seniors were taking less than five credit bearing courses, and eight less than four.

Fifty three out of 147 juniors, or 36.05 percent, were taking less than seven credit bearing courses.

Stephenson said the situation warranted further examination as teachers are hired based on the assumption that students will be taking full-course loads.

She noted that the numbers hadn’t been broken down to indicate whether the students had already completed all graduation requirements or whether some fifth-year seniors were there simply to make up credits and were included in the tallies.

School Board Chairman Rick Mudrow asked whether graduation requirements were rigorous enough if so many seniors were not taking a full course load.

The total number of seniors listed on this document was different from an enrollment trends spreadsheet that Stephenson also presented at the meeting, which listed the total number of Estacada High School seniors at 166.

Cyndi Rathbun, technology coordinator for the Estacada School District explained that the course credit numbers had been tallied two-weeks prior to the completion of the enrollment document.

“At that time, there were seniors that were rolled up from the previous school year that we expected to return and finish this year,” Rathbun said. “By the time I pulled the October 1st enrollment numbers, some of them had withdrawn.”

As of Oct. 1, 166 seniors were enrolled at Estacada High School.

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