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Tonganoxie’s school

September 27, 2006

The numbers prove what students, teachers and administrators already know.

Tonganoxie's enrollment continues to grow.

The numbers prove what students, teachers and administrators already know. Tonganoxie's enrollment continues to grow.

According to the Sept. 20th, count, the district had 1,791 students. Last year's count was 1,704.

The Sept. 20 count is used by the state to determine how much funding a school district will receive.

At Tonganoxie Elementary School, Jerry Daskoski, principal, said the kindergarten through sixth-grade school has 886 students. This is up from 877 students a year ago.

Last year's sixth-grade class, of 155 students at the end of the year, was the largest in the school.

Those students moved on to the junior high school. However, this year's kindergarten enrollment, at 142, is proving to be another large class as well.

The school, which is crowded now, will spread out in January when the fifth- and sixth-graders move to the new fifth grade through eighth grade middle school.

At Tonganoxie Junior High School, enrollment is up again.

Assistant principal Darren Neas said this year's students number 468. A year ago, the Sept. 20 count for the junior high was 410.

And at the high school, Tatia Shelton, principal, said the school has 420 students.

"We were about 395 last year," Shelton said.

When the new middle school opens in January, Shelton said, her students and staff would have more room to breathe.

The current junior high school will then become part of a four-year high school campus.

"It's going to be exciting that we actually have some space and can spread out," Shelton said.

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