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Hispanic students in Beaufort County continue to multiply

By Staff
Just one of 14 schools reports a decline during recent years
By CLAUD HODGES
Senior Reporter
The number of Hispanic students in Beaufort County’s public school system is increasing, according to data supplied by the school system.
Of the 14 schools in the system, 13 experienced an increase in Hispanic students during the past two school years.
From Sept. 25 to Oct. 22 of this year, the school system’s overall student population of 7,176 students included 642 Hispanic students. Those Hispanic students accounted for 8.9 percent of the total student population. For the same period during the 2005-06 school year, Hispanic students made up 6.7 percent of the overall student population.
At Eastern Elementary School in Washington, 18.4 percent of the school population is made up of Hispanic students. The school has 659 Hispanic students this school year. Two years ago, 14 percent of Eastern Elementary School’s students were Hispanic.
At John Small Elementary School in Washington, 72 students, or 14.4 percent, out of this year’s total student population of 501 students are Hispanic. Two years ago, 8 percent of the school’s students were Hispanic.
At John C. Tayloe Elementary School in Washington, 82 students, or 14.2 percent, of this year’s total student population of 576 students are Hispanic students. Two years ago, 14 percent of the school’s students were Hispanic.
At Northeast Elementary School this year, 71 students, or 11.7 percent, of the 608 students are Hispanic. Two years ago, 13 percent of the school’s students were Hispanic.
At P.S. Jones Middle School in Washington this year, 71 students, or 9.3 percent, of the 765 students are Hispanic. Two years ago, 7 percent of the school’s students were Hispanic.
At Chocowinity Primary School this year, 54 students, or 9.2 percent, of the school’s 584 students are Hispanic. Two years ago, 7 percent of the school’s students were Hispanic.
At Washington High School this year, 68 students, or 6.2 percent, of the school’s 1,092 students are Hispanic. Two years ago, 5 percent of the school’s students were Hispanic.
At Bath Elementary School this year, 36 students, or 5.8 percent, of the school’s students are Hispanic. Two years ago, Hispanic students accounted for 4 percent of the total student population.
At Northside High School this year, 28 students of the school’s 507 students are Hispanic. Two years ago, Hispanic students were 4 percent of school’s overall student population.
At Chocowinity Middle School this year 22 students of the school’s 439 students are Hispanic. Two years ago, the school’s Hispanic students accounted for 4 percent of the student population.
At S.W. Snowden Elementary School in Aurora this year, seven students out of the school’s 243 students are Hispanic. Two years ago, the school’s Hispanic students accounted for 2 percent of the student population.
At the Beaufort County Schools Educational/Technology Center this year, 3.2 percent of the students are Hispanic. Just one of the school’s 31 students is Hispanic. Two years ago, the school’s Hispanic student population was at 1 percent.
At Southside High School this year, nine, or 1.6 percent, of the school’s 556 students are Hispanic. Two years ago, less than 1 percent of the school’s students were Hispanic.