Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2007

Official enrollment figures recorded at Tonganoxie, McLouth schools

September 20, 2007

Superintendent Richard Erickson reported Thursday that Tonganoxie's enrollment was down five students from 2006's official numbers, with 1,786 students this year.

However, the district's full-time equivalent, which is the formula the state uses to distribute money per student, is up in Tonganoxie.

Last year, the FTE was 1,716.5. This year, it's 1,732.

Students in preschool, kindergarten, special education and kindergarten are counted as halftime students.

Erickson pointed out that there are less kindergarten students this year, but more 12th-graders, who obviously are full-time students.

Erickson said this year's senior class at Tonganoxie High School had 157 students, compared to last year's count of 124.

Overall, 597 students are enrolled in at THS, 583 at the middle school (5-8) and 606 at the elementary school (special education preschool through fourth grade).

"We're happy that we're up," Erickson said, referring to the FTE numbers. "It's always positive to be up in enrollment. We've had some good growth in Tonganoxie USD 464 in the last six years. We're very pleased."

McLouth

School officials in McLouth report that 569 students are enrolled this year.

That includes 178 at the high school, which is grades 9 through 12; 135 at the middle school, grades 6-8; and 256 at the elementary school, pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

A year ago, the district reported a headcount of 564 students, according to the Kansas State Department of Education. Headcounts at the schools a year ago were 252 at the elementary school; 129 at the middle school and 183 at the high school.

"It would appear that we are going to be up a few students," McLouth Elementary School principal Butch Batman said. "Nothing dramatic, but better than a loss."

Superintendent Jean Rush was unavailable for comment Thursday.

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