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Basehor-Linwood sees biggest surge at elementary, middle schools

Enrollment exceeds district expectations

September 22, 2005

While building its 2005-06 budget, Basehor-Linwood School District officials predicted enrollment would increase by approximately 25 students from the year before.

They were wrong.

According to numbers released by district officials Tuesday, the total resident enrollment for the school district is 1,772 students. That number represents an increase of 52 students from last year's enrollment of 1,720.

"It's more than double our expectation, which indicates that the (growth) boom is on its way," said Don Swartz, director of business operations.

Tuesday's numbers will be sent to the Kansas Department of Education, which will use the figures to determine state aid payments to the school district this year.

The school district's total enrollment, which includes special education students and students taking courses through the Basehor-Linwood Virtual School, is 2,139 students, an increase of 47 students from last year.

The Virtual School's enrollment is 367 this year, down 5 from last year. The district also has 19 special education students, all of whom reside within the Basehor or Linwood communities, but attend courses outside the school district. The special education figure is nine more than last year.

Two schools in the district, Basehor Elementary School and Basehor-Linwood Middle School increased its enrollments this year.

A per school breakdown of this year's enrollment is listed below:

¢ Basehor-Linwood High School: 548 (-13)

¢ Basehor-Linwood Middle School: 284 (+8)

¢ Basehor Elementary School: 540 (+55)

¢ Glenwood Ridge Elementary School: 258 (-5)

¢ Linwood Elementary School: 114 (-2)

¢ Virtual School: 367 (-5)

School district administrators and board members were banking that the Sept. 20 figures would reveal an increased student enrollment as a way of validating their proposal of a $22.9 million school bond issue. The bond issue, which voters will decide Nov. 1, is the district's response to area-wide residential growth and a subsequent surge in enrollment.

Superintendent Jill Hackett said she believed Tuesday's numbers highlight the district's need for new, expanded and renovated facilities, which an approved bond issue will provide.

"As we studied the building trends ... we just had a feeling that we were going to see this kind of increase," Hackett said.

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