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Mathews board looks to boost enrollment

On the same night it adopted its 2020-2021 draft budget, the Mathews County School Board discussed ways to boost student enrollment by accepting out-of-county students, as well as a possible policy change that would allow homeschooled students to enroll on a part-time basis.

The moves are seen as a way of combating a drop in class size, especially at Mathews High School, which is looking at a projection of fewer than 300 students next year. Increased numbers would help boost state funding, as well as allow for the school to provide a wider selection of Advanced Placement and other course offerings.

During Tuesday night’s meeting in the high school’s media center, the school board also looked at a couple of different scenarios for the division’s 2020-2021 school calendar, with the first day of class before the Labor Day weekend, as well as the traditional post-Labor Day opening.

Mathews County Public Schools had accepted out-of-county tuition students up until about...

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