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School enrollment on roller coaster projection

September 4, 2002

Preliminary enrollment numbers show 14 more students attending classes in the Basehor-Linwood School District.

However, overall enrollment is down.

How? The Basehor-Linwood Virtual Charter School.

The charter school is an online school that allows students across the state to take Basehor-Linwood classes from home via the Internet.

Currently, the charter school has an enrollment of 316 students. At this time last year, 366 students were enrolled.

Superintendent Cal Cormack said the district has seen charter school enrollment decrease for two reasons: more charter schools are becoming available and the school's more stringent standards.

"(Students) are starting to have more options out there," Cormack said. "Charter schools are cropping up all over."

"Our numbers are also down in part because our program has become more and more demanding," he added, citing an increased demand for more interaction between students and teachers. "We've lost some because we've become a little tougher."

As for students physically attending Basehor-Linwood schools, the district has shown a slight increase of 14 students from last year. Cormack said he expects the overall enrollment numbers to be similar to last year's when the school district submits final enrollment figures to the state later this month.

"We're probably only 14 or 15 students off from where we were last year," Cormack said. "On Sept. 20, we're going to be pretty close to where we were last year."

For residential students, the school district showed a 2 percent increase from last year, which was the figure projected by school officials.

The current enrollment figures for Basehor-Linwood schools are:

367 students at Basehor Elementary School

175 students at Linwood Elementary School

303 students at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School

283 students at Basehor-Linwood Middle School

560 students at Basehor-Linwood High School

The schools that showed the biggest increases were Basehor and Linwood elementary and Basehor-Linwood Middle School.

The enrollment figures are expected to be higher at semester break, school officials said.

Several residential developments are expected to come online by then, with students living in those homes starting school after the break.

"We will continue to enroll students as those homes are completed and occupied," Cormack said.

Although this year's increase was only 2 percent, Cormack said the district expects higher increases for the coming years because of growth in Basehor, Linwood and southern Leavenworth County.

"You'll start seeing some acceleration," he said.

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