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Early figures show enrollment increases

August 20, 2008

Enrollment is up in the Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood school districts.

Although they are preliminary numbers, Tonganoxie has 1,810 students at the beginning of school, while Basehor-Linwood reports 1,842.

Although Basehor-Linwood has more students, Tonganoxie has a jump of about 80 students districtwide from last year, compared to Basehor-Linwood's 19, according to assistant superintendent David Howard.

Official enrollment numbers will be known Sept. 20, when districts report their enrollment figures on that day to the state.

Tonganoxie Superintendent Richard Erickson said he estimates losing roughly 30 students total by the time Sept. 20 arrives.

"When it's all said and done we will be up 50 or 60 students by Sept. 20," Erickson said. This is really good news. We are pleased that enrollment is up.

"We think that the all-day kindergarten is going to make a difference."

There are 131 kindergartners in seven sections for the first year of all-day kindergarten at the elementary school.

The breakdown of students by building in Tonganoxie is as follows: 627 students at the high school (grades 9-12), 579 at the middle school (5-8) and 604.5 at the elementary school (K-4). The odd number for TES is because the state counts kindergarten students as half of a student for enrollment figure purposes.

At Basehor-Linwood, the breakdown is: 618 at the high school (9-12), 270 at the middle school (7-8), 392 at Basehor Elementary (K-5), 289 at Glenwood Ridge (K-5), 130 at Linwood Elementary (K-5) and 143 at the Sixth Grade Center in Basehor for the total of 1,842.

Basehor Virtual School also has 238 students currently, Howard said.

For enrollment figures at Tonganoxie's Genesis Christian Academy and the McLouth School District, go online later this week at www.tonganoxiemirror.com and see next week's print edition of The Mirror newspaper.

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