NEWCOMB - Roughly 200 people filed into the Newcomb Central School for their annual open house on Oct. 1.
NCS has been battling shrinking numbers since the early 1980s and for the first time is experiencing small growth.
Only a few years ago, the enrollment at Newcomb was threatening to drop below 60 students. This year, however, they are celebrating 86 enrolled students, according to Superintendent Skip Hults.
The evening included a book sale in the elementary library sponsored by Scholastic book sellers. Parents had the opportunity to update their home libraries with books for all ages.
To conclude the open house, a short presentation and potluck dinner was held in the gym.
Musical entertainment was provided by k-12 Technology teacher Gary Gazaille of Thurman.
Board of Education President Steve Freiman introduced the board members as well as announced that Wayne Draper has stepped down after five years of service to the BOE. His seat was filled by Drew Cullen, parent of sophomore Colden Cullen and resident of Goodnow Flow in Newcomb.
"He is very involved in education and we are proud to have him on our team," said Freiman.
The NCS chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) led by advisor and 9-12 English teacher Terri Smith continued the program.
They introduced the three new teachers joining NCS. Autumn Goerner of Minerva took over as the 9-12 librarian, Christy Wells of Tupper Lake as the Special Education teacher and Linda Montanye of Newcomb as a Teaching Assistant.
"They do more than just teach, they mentor," said senior Jesse Montanye of the teachers at NCS. "We have many opportunities here and this is truly a unique place."
Junior Hillary Bureau announced the addition of 11 new students and senior Larissa Roy welcomed nine international students to NCS for the 2009-2010 school year.