November 26, 2014
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First day school enrollment numbers mixed at local schools

     It was back to school Monday in Norfork, Cotter, Flippin and Yellville-Summit and area superintendents report things went smoothly as students returned to the classrooms. Mountain Home students resume classes Wednesday.
     Cotter Superintendent Don Sharp reported a good first day. He said everyone he spoke with was positive and upbeat and he hopes that continues.
     Sharp say enrollment numbers are up in Cotter. He said there were 682 students as of mid-morning and that's as high a first-day enrollment numbers he remembers ever seeing at Cotter. Sharp said that's due, in part, to larger numbers of students in the kindergarten, first and second grades. He said there are 403 enrolled at the elementary, which is more than they've ever had there. The 279 first-day attendance at the high school is a bit lower than last year. Overall, Sharp said enrollment at Cotter is about 20 students more than their normal average enrollment. He noted the enrollment numbers normally fluctuate the first few weeks of school.
     Although transportation problems and mix-ups are common the first few days, Sharp said things appeared to go well.
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     Enrollment numbers were up at Flippin, too, according to Superintendent Dale Query who reports between 12 and 15 more students from first day of school last year.   Query says elementary and middle school numbers were up with high school numbers down slightly. Enrollment was at 813 students.
     The Flippin superintendent attributes a good first day of school due to  teachers and staff being well prepared for the students' return to the classroom where there were some changes and new programs.
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     Although the final numbers are not in, Yellville-Summit Superintendent Larry Ivens says numbers appear to be down a little.
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     Elementary students at Yellville-Summit saw some changes to their school building, according to Ivens.
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     Numbers are up at Norfork, where superintendent Mike Seay reports school got off to a great start.
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     Seay reports Norfork students were greeted by construction and changes related to upgrading technology at the schools.
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     Superintendents from Cotter, Flippin, Yellville-Summit and Norfork on the first day of the 2014-15 school year Monday.   Mountain Home students return to the classroom Wednesday.

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