Houston schools report minor drop in enrolment

Houston school enrolment has seen a minor drop since HFP closed last May, and school superintendent says it is "better then [they] feared."

Houston school enrolment has seen a minor drop since HFP closed last May.

Since May 2014, Houston Secondary School is up three students, Twain Sullivan is down 13 and Silverthorne lost four.

Secretary Treasurer Dave Margerm says they estimate that Houston schools lost 25 to 30 students due to the mill closure.

However, the loss was countered with a small enrolment increase due to incoming Canfor families, Margerm said.

Projections for September 2015 expect another minor increase in enrolment.

School superintendent Chris van der Mark says the impact of the mill closure was “better then we feared.”

“Houston is kind of holding its own,” he said.

When asked if there was any threat of a Houston school closing, van der Mark said it is not being considered.

“We have not had a conversation about school closure since Quick. It hasn’t been a topic,” he said.

“On the short term, I would certainly say no.”