The Pendleton School District had a net loss of five students over the previous month. Superintendent Chris Fritsch said that digging for information about the students who have left shows that 60 to 70 percent are gone because families moved away from Pendleton.
He said the flood could cause an even larger drop in enrollment.
“We’re hoping that last week’s event doesn’t trigger a larger exodus or migration out of the area,” he said.
School district employees are working hard to determine the needs of students whose families are suffering from flood damage. Fritsch said that the district is working with Altrusa, CAPECO, and the American Red Cross to help meet the needs.
“My larger concern is the potential impact the flood may have on our families that have lost everything,” Fritsch said. “The question will be, can they find housing here locally or will we lose more students?”
Fritsch said district employees are working hard to determine the needs of those families suffering from flood damage.