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AuSable Valley Central enrollment up

September 11, 2014
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

CLINTONVILLE - More than a dozen new students than last year are attending the AuSable Valley Central School District this year, according to Superintendent Paul Savage.

Enrollment at AuSable Valley was 1,180 as students headed back to school on Sept. 4, up from 1,162 at the end of the 2013-14 school year and 1,140 in 2012-13. Enrollment was 1,159 in 2011-12 and 1,177 in 2010-11.

"We're really excited about the new year, and we've been able to maintain as much as possible in terms of programs and services," Savage said.

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AuSable Forks Elementary School
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

AuSable Valley includes a middle/high school and an administrative office building in Clintonville, plus elementary schools in AuSable Forks and Keeseville.

Savage didn't report any new programs in the district but was enthusiastic to announce that the elementary schools will continue the recently added programs called No Excuses University and College For Every Student.

"It's really grown into a very exciting thing for our students," Savage said. "They adopt a college for a year. They study the college and learn about majors and little things like the theme song of the school. It just gets them interested in thinking college and thinking that anything is possible."

When the elementary school children, dressed in T-shirts from their adopted colleges, hold their NEU/CFES assemblies, they rooms are filled with adopted school colors, performances of school songs and appearances by school mascots.

The new staff at AuSable Valley Central are Jason Castine, special education teacher at the middle/high school; Cherie LaDuke, music/art teacher at AuSable Forks Elementary School; and Lindsey Douglas, special education teacher at Keeseville Elementary School. And this will be Michael Farbotko's first full year as the physical education teacher at AuSable Forks Elementary School; he taught for half a year in 2013-14.



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