Martha’s Vineyard high school enrollment projected to climb

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) enrollment is projected to begin a slow but steady rise. The New England School Development Council compiled the projections presented to the MVRHS school committee Monday night.

Current enrollment is 682. That number is expected to dip to 671 for the 2013-14 school year then rise, with some fluctuations, to 708 by 2017-18. The long-range projection shows 853 students enrolled in 2022-23.

Superintendent of schools James Weiss said the projections are based in part on births and housing starts. He said they are most accurate for the immediate five-year period and are a useful planning tool.

Also Monday, high school principal Stephen Nixon announced that the National Council of Teachers of English program that recognizes excellence in student literary magazines had presented its highest award to Seabreezes, the high school literary magazine, in a competition among 417 schools.

Mr. Nixon used the moment to praise the work of longtime art teacher and magazine advisor Janice Frame, who will retire at the end of the year.

Ms. Frame declined any credit. “It’s really the kids,” she said.