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Halifax County Schools has met its enrollment target for the first time in five years, the school system reported.

The enrollment forecast for the 2021-2022 school year indicates 98 more students are attending Halifax County Schools. 

The state projected an enrollment of 2,065 students. 

The system has a current enrollment of 2,163 students. 

“We have been charting a new course for six years, and we are starting to see the results of our strategic plan,” Superintendent Eric Cunningham said. “We are now experiencing the buds breaking through the soil, and we will only continue to grow from here. Students are returning to Halifax County Schools, and because of this growth, we did not have to eliminate any staff positions.”

Cunningham said the achievement is due to the “overwhelming support of the families in the Halifax County School District and the excellent staff, and a dedicated, hard-working leadership team. We are Halifax.”

Financial reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Halifax County Schools for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020. 

The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report. 

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. 

The school system’s audit for the past fiscal year will be presented at its November meeting.

Mask mandate

The Halifax County Board of Education Monday by a 7-0 vote to continue its mask mandate requiring facial coverings to be worn inside all school buildings.

approved a vote of 7-0 on the superintendent's recommendation for masks to be worn inside all Halifax County Schools buildings. 

The board will vote monthly on the mask mandate. The next board meeting will be held on November 8.