1September 17, 2012
For Immediate Release
IHC Schools Achieve Enrollment Goals
After achieving a substantial increase in students last year, enrollment at Immaculate Heart Central Schools (IHC) of Watertown is holding steady.
Watertown, NY, September 17, 2012 --
Immaculate Heart Central (IHC) Schools’ K to 12 enrollment is
within 1% of its goal of 572 students, with several enrolled students still to arrive. The school creditsstrong academics, a safe environment, and commitment to a Christ-centered education.Enrollment at both the high school and elementary school is strong. After a major enrollment spikelast year, IHC planned slightly lower enrollment than this year, but the overall trend remains upward.IHC achieved its enrollment goals in spite of an abnormally high military turnover, the size of which
was not fully anticipated when the budget was created. “We had a big net loss of Army students thissummer, vs. a big net gain last year,” said Chris Hornbarger, IHC’s Executive System Administrator.“We ended up with over 40 seats to fill this year!”
When the entire 10th Mountain Division returned home this spring, soldiers stabilized for years at Ft.Drum began to be reassigned to other units or schooling. It takes the Army time to backfill those
positions. “The Army’s personnel cycle varies from year
year,” said Hornbarger, “but we expectthis year’s unusually high turnover to normalize itself over time.” While several Drum units are slated
for deployment over the coming year, the Army has shortened deployments from twelve to ninemonths, and increased the time at home between deployments.