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Reports: District Trends, Plans, & Goals

District Enrollment Trends

 

District-Wide, 3-Year Enrollment Trends
2019-20 3,548 0.7%
2018-19 3,525 (0.5%)
2017-18 3,543 (0.7%)

 

Enrollment Trends by School
  2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Barron 391 391 399
Fisk 300 347 257
Haigh 0 0 87
Lancaster 277 252 229
North Salem 351 362 382
Soule 246 241 232
Woodbury 841 825 799
Salem High 1164 1161 1173

Class Size (2019-20)

  SSD NH Avg.
Grades 1-2 16 17
Grades 3-4 20 19
Grades 5-8 22 19
High school comparison not included due to program differences.

Per Pupil Cost (K-12)

  SSD NH Avg.
2018-19 $16,048 $16,346
2017-18 $15,370 $15,865
2016-17 $14,846 $15,311

Enrollment by Ethnicity (2019-20)

White 80.6%
Hispanic 11.3%
Asian 3.9%
Multi-Race 2.9%
Black 1.1%

Teacher Education Attainment (2018-19)

  SSD NH Avg.
Master's Degree 69.7% 59.6%
Bachelor's Degree 30.3% 38.1%
Beyond Master's Degree 0.0% 1.9%

Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility Count

  SSD NH Avg.
2019-20 16.7% 24.8%
2018-19 17.1% 27.2%
2017-18 16.3% 26.4%
2016-17 16.4% 27.3%
2015-16 17.1% 28.1%

Attendance Rates

  SSD
2018-19 95.3%
2017-18 95.3%
2016-17 95.4%
2015-16 95.7%
2014-15 95.6%

Annual Dropout Percentage

  SSD NH Avg.
2018-19 .34% 1.02%
2017-18 .43% 1.05%
2016-17 .26% 1.12%

Demographic Studies

November 20, 2017

The Salem School Board contracted with the New Hampshire School Administrators Association to complete an independent investigation and analysis of the demographic needs for Salem’s K-12 student population.  Several similar type reports have been completed through the years with the most recent previous report completed in 2012.   The most recent, completed in October, 2017, provides evidence that our school district will have a fairly stable enrollment over the next ten years, with an overall enrollment reduction of approximately one hundred forty students over a ten year period.

Both the 2012 study and the 2017 study are enclosed for the community’s review.   Readers will note that New Hampshire’s school age population has declined dramatically since the early 2000’s. Therefore, like much of the southern New Hampshire region, Salem has seen its student population decline with other towns and cities.

School Board and district officials will use the Demographic Analysis and Enrollment Projections study information to plan facility needs and make programming decisions accordingly. One of our immediate decisions will be to address a possible expansion of our full-day kindergarten program and how that will impact our facility needs.

Strategic Plan

The Salem School Board initiated a strategic planning proposal in the fall of 2011. With a commitment to undertake such an important process, district officials developed a plan to begin the project in August, 2012. A core strategic planning committee comprised of school officials, teachers, and parents established a year-long schedule of meetings and activities to culminate in the adoption of a strategic plan and provide our community with a shared vision for education.