Rugby enrollment stable
The Rugby Public School District K-12 enrollment four years ago was 531.
Four years later that number has climbed to 568, and Jeff Lind, school superintendent, believes the district’s enrollment figures will remain fairly firm for the coming years.
“I don’t foresee any really big drops coming,’ he said. “The last few years our numbers have been pretty stable.”
And that stability is important financially for the the district, which depends heavily on per-pupil funding from the state. Lind said it certainly makes the budget planning process much easier when enrollment remains steady.
The district’s first-day enrollment is 568 which is right on par with last year. Of course, that number can fluctuate from now until the end of the term.
“We did see a drop in enrollment figures in the junior high, but we anticipated that,’ Lind said. “Where we gained kids is at the elementary, we’re up about 10.”
The largest class, K-12, is the freshman with 57. The smallest class is in fourth grade with 28. This year’s senior class is 56.
The enrollment breakdown is as follows: Kindergarten: 41; Grade One: 43; Grade Two: 37; Grade Three: 44; Grade Four: 28; Grade Five: 38; Grade Six: 37; Grade Seven: 41; Grade Eight: 55; Grade Nine: 57; Grade 10: 42; Grade 11: 49; Grade 12: 56.
While the public school system has experienced a steady enrollment increase in recent years, enrollment, unfortunately, has dropped at Little Flower Catholic School. The K-6 enrollment this year is 53 – a decline of eight students from last August.
The enrollment breakdown is as follows: Kindergarten: 7; Grade One: 4; Grade Two: 7; Grade Three: 8; Grade Four: 8; Grade Five: 12; Grade Six: 7.
The first-day enrollment, combining public school and Little Flower, is 621 which is a small drop from last year. That can be attributed to a larger graduating class size than that of the entering kindergarten class. Also, there may be some students leaving the district or now being homeschooled. Not reflected in that number, are students living in the district who are homeschooled.
Other schools had good news to report on day one. Rolette’s school district’s K-12 count was 137 – up six from a year ago and about 10 from the end of last term. The largest classes are grades four and seven with 16 students. The smallest class is kindergarten with five. The senior class has 10 students.
Wolford’s K-12 district enrollment is 47 – up one from last August and two from the end of the term.
“It’s not a big increase, but it is an increase,’ said Larry Zavada, school superintendent.”
The largest class at Wolford is the junior class with six. The smallest is the fifth grade with one. The senior class has three students.
The enrollment breakdown is as follows: Kindergarten: 5; Grade One: 5; Grade Two: 3; Grade Three: 5; Grade Four: 4; Grade Five: 1; Grade Six: 3; Grade Seven: 4; Grade Eight: 2; Grade Nine: 4; Grade 10: 2; Grade 11: 6; Grade 12: 3.
Unfortunately, a couple of area schools saw declines. At T-G-U-Towner, the first day count was 181 – down 19 from the end of the school term. The largest class is the seniors with 20. The smallest class has 10.
At Leeds, the first-day enrollment was 143 which is a drop of four compared to last August. The largest classes are grades one and seven with 15 students each. The smallest class is kindergarten with four.
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