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Enrollment figures hold steady

By Staff | Sep 6, 2013

The Rugby School District has seen its student enrollment numbers hold steady from last year.

Rugby Superintendent Mike McNeff reported that there are 534 students registered in the district, compared to 532 at the end of school last year.

That number is expected to stay stable for the next five years, according to a study done by RSP and Associates, a planning consulting company.

Like in most schools, there are variances from grade to grade in the Rugby system.

The average class size is 41.07 and the 2014 senior class this year is right on average with 41 students.

Rugby High School’s junior class is the biggest in the district with 54 students. The second-biggest is the eighth-grade class, boasting 50 students.

The smallest class is in the fifth grade, where there are just 32 students.

Many of the grades alternate from bigger class sizes to smaller, a trend McNeff said school officials expect to continue.

“We can expect a pattern of a larger class next year followed by a smaller class the year after that over the next five years,” he said. “In five years we can expect an increase of around 15-20 students total.”

In total, of the 534 students this school year, 265 are in the six grades of Rugby High School and 264 students are in K-6.

An increase in potential housing in the Rugby area will have an impact, but it will be small and possibly more long-term.

“The impact from the housing development is predicted to be very minimal on the school population,” McNeff said.

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