Archive for Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Local school enrollments increasing

August 20, 2003

When the rolls were counted Tuesday morning, Tonganoxie school numbers were up.

Superintendent Richard Erickson said a preliminary estimate showed the district's enrollment could wind up with close to two dozen more students than last year.

"My hope is that as of September 20, we'll see an increase of 20 students, which is nice steady growth," Erickson said.

As of Tuesday, the tentative enrollment count at the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year was 1,548. The audited student count for the 2002-2003 school year was 1,527.

Erickson noted that although this year's major growth occurred in lower grades, all of the grades, except for 12th grade, increased in enrollment from last year.

The state's per pupil funding will remain at $3,863, the same as last year, Erickson said.

At the Genesis Christian Academy, which opened in 1997, administrator Richard Agnew said the preschool has an enrollment of 72, and grades K-6 have 85 students.

"I think enrollment is exactly the same as last year," Agnew said.

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