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Enrollment: up or down?

Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Education

With the October 1 data submission deadline passing, the Minnesota Department of Education has collected enrollment figures from public schools around the state. Unfortunately, data posted to the MDE website is always six to 12 months behind, so enrollment data will not be available for many months to come.

After contacting all Fillmore County schools, including Chatfield, Fillmore Central, Kingsland, Lanesboro, Mabel-Canton and Rushford-Peterson, a collection of data submitted to the state based on October 1, 2010 enrollment shows some interesting facts and figures.

Is enrollment up or down in each school district? That's the big question.

Collectively, all six school districts have a combined total of 3,280 students enrolled in Kindergarten through 12th grade, down 113 students from a combined total of 3,393 students enrolled in all six school districts in the 2009-2010 school year.

According to the 2009-2010 enrollment figures available at the Minnesota Department of Education website, the graduating class of 2011 for all six school districts was projected to be 308 students, reported in the Progress Edition of the January 25, 2010 Fillmore County Journal.

Those numbers have fallen off slightly from 308 to 294 students, based on the October 1, 2010 data submission.

The breakdown shows the following figures per district:

Chatfield, +8 students

Fillmore Central, -28 students

Kingsland, -38 students

Lanesboro, -8 students

Mabel-Canton, -29 students

Rushford-Peterson, -18 students

While the numbers look bleak, the majority of decline came from grades 10, 11 and 12, amounting to a combined 108 students down from the previous year's enrollment.

On the upside, Kindergarten enrollment throughout the county was up by eight students, along with grades 2, 3, 6, 7 and 9 for a combined net positive of 46 more students in the 2010-2011 school year as compared to enrollment figures from the 2009-2010 school year -- revealing a roller coaster of projected graduation class sizes.

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