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Population continues to fall in Hull public schools

The number of students enrolled in Hull public schools continues to drop, with the latest figures showing enrollment has fallen to 839 this school year.

The school district had 1,164 students a decade ago in kindergarten through high school, and the number has decreased every year since then.

The percentage of students in the town choosing to go to private and vocational schools remained steady, at about 15 percent. The percentage of students going to charter schools over the decade went down, and then up again, but is still less than 2 percent of the school population, according to the figures released by the district in November.

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In other school news, the district has successfully appealed the designation of the Jacobs Elementary School as a Level 3 school, or a school in need of improvement. Hull originally received the designation from the state because three fifth-grade students refused to take a portion of the test -- dropping the grade’s participation level below 90 percent, according to Superintendent Michael Devine.

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Devine successfully argued that the students who took the test did well and that the label was not an accurate portrayal of the school.

He said that the schools are looking at ways to increase enrollment, including working with realtors to help encourage more families to move to town.

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